by Sandra Kraisirideja
Pitch Perfect 2, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, brings back all the lovable misfit a capella singers from the original, and offers even more musical performances and bigger laughs.
Wilson, who plays Fat Amy, became the breakout star from the first movie and she has an expanded role in the sequel, including a love story with Bumper (Adam DeVine).
Elizabeth Banks, who reprises her role as commentator Gail, directed the sequel and does a fine job. She was smart to know fans would want more musical performances and wacky humor in the sequel. The movie delivers on both fronts in a big way.
This time the Barden Bellas are all seniors and three-time national champions, but when they are banned from performing after a scandalous concert at Lincoln Center the girls must rally together to win the World Championships of A Capella and ensure the Bellas future.
Complicating matters is Beca’s side job as an intern at a high profile recording studio. As she devotes more time toward her future career it causes her to spend less time focusing on the Bellas and it doesn’t go unnoticed.
If the plot sounds a little flimsy you wouldn’t be incorrect, but the movie doesn’t need a complicated storyline to be entertaining.
What the sequel does have is a number of cameos that further demonstrate the first movie’s popularity and success. Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele has a supporting role as Beca’s boss and David Cross of Arrested Development shows up as the host of a secretive riff-off where a few Green Bay Packers join in on the fun. Then there’s the brief appearances by Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Kimmel, the ladies from The View and all the judges from The Voice.
The sequel introduces two new Bellas—Hailee Steinfeld as Emily and Chrissie Fit as Flo. Emily is a legacy whose mother was a Bella back in the ’80s and Flo is a foreign-exchange student who has some of the best lines in the movie.
With its successful blend of pop music, dazzling choreography and off-beat humor the Pitch Perfect franchise shows no signs of slowing down.