Pitch Perfect Review

Rebel Wilson attends the premiere of Universal Pictures “Pitch Perfect,” at ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles on Sept. 24, 2012. (Apega/Abaca Press/MCT)

By Shirin Bansal

Released friday, September 28, Pitch Perfect is a 2012 musical comedy film based on the book of the same name by Mickey Rapkin, and directed by Jason Moore. The film stars Anna Kendrick as Beca, who dreams of one day becoming a DJ in Los Angeles. Her father disagrees with her choice of future careers, and so sends her to a university in the state of Carolina to explore more choices, make friends, and find new opportunities. Soon, Beca joins an all-girls acapella musical group called “The Bellas. Along the way, she meets a guy through her part-time job at a local Radio Shack who also happens to be part of a rival all-boys acapella  group referred to as the  “Treble Makers.” Both teams hope to win the national acapella contest,  but, as tends to happen in films of this genre, issues of tradition, turmoil between teammates and forbidden love threaten to prevent either group from achieving its goal.

I went into the movie theatre thinking that the film was going to be a traditional musical, based solely on the film’s title, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that the film also possessed strong comedic elements.  The movie begins with Beca moving into her new college dorm room and finding ways to get involved in various on-campus activities. Following her initiation into “The Bellas”, Beca spends the majority of the film learning how to work with others and sharing her opinions of the musical stylings of the group. By the conclusion of the film, “The Bellas” are at the peak of their respective abilities, following the improvements made by Beca to the group.

One’s personal enjoyment of the film will likely depend on said individual’s proclivity for the film’s four primary characteristics: music, comedy, teenage drama, and romance.  Personally, I found this film entertaining because of its comedic dialogue, and its covers of famous songs such as “Party in the U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus and “Don’t You (Forget about Me)”, the song made famous in the classic 1980’s film, The Breakfast Club. In all honesty, I feel that the character of Fat Amy, played by Rebel Wilson, stole the show with her comedic dialogue. While all of the other characters are funny in their own way, Wilson’s performance was the one which kept the audience entertained and laughing for the duration of the film. As for the aforementioned romance between Becca and “Treble Makers singer Jesse, it can accurately be described as conforming to the archetypal pattern of “friendship to love to fighting to ending up together” present in most modern romantic comedies.

Overall, the movie was well done and should be seen by any acapella lover who is easily entertained. Four Bear Paws out of Five.