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Pitch Perfect Indeed!
on 12 July 2014
I hate to admit it, but I may have watched this film more times than any other film in the history of the world. Partly because I've made all my friends and family watch it with me, and partly because it's just so brilliant.
I had no idea what the film was about but decided to download it because I'd heard a lot of hype about it, and for once, the hype was well and truly lived up to.
Anna Kendrick (who Twilight fans will recognise) is finally in the spotlight, and she absolutely should be. She's clearly a super-talented actress and singer and I love the fact that she's just your average girl - not some barbie doll lookalike who hangs out with average looking friends whilst trying to bag the school hunk (although I have to say, her love interest, played by Skylar Astin, is not exactly hard on the eyes).
Anna plays Becca, an alt-girl (although I'm not one to put people in categories) who is being forced to attend University by her father who works there as a lecturer, when all she wants to do is head to LA and start paying her dies at a record label so she can eventually become a music producer. After a month of being miserable, not attending lectures and doing nothing but mixing music on her computer, her dad strikes up a deal with her that, if she joins one group on campus and tries really hard to experience college and then decides, after really giving it a go, that she doesn't want to be there, he will help her move to LA.
Reluctantly, Becca agrees and takes up the opportunity to audition for one of the collegiate a cappella groups, the Barden Bellas. Becca's journey follows her from her audition, right up until the national championships, at which they're competing against another Barden University group, the TrebleMakers, an all boy a cappella group, including Jesse, the guy who's crazy about her.
Admittedly, although Becca and Jesse's characters are funny, the most hilarious characters are the other members of the a cappella groups, most notably the character of 'Fat Amy', played by the uber-talented Rebel Wilson.
I always laugh at this film from start to finish, and it doesn't hurt that the music is fantastic, as are the a cappella groups you get to see.
The film is original, unusual, and not even close to what you would expect from what is essentially a teen musical. It's got grit, comedy, and it's not scared to push the boundaries. I challenge anyone not to enjoy this film.