Three sentence movie reviews: Pitch Perfect 2
The problem with sequels to charming sleeper hits is that the original charming nature can’t catch us by surprise anymore. Which leaves time to notice that all of the Bellas who are of color are just cardboard stereotypes, and because of that, I don’t think this movie will age well at all. However, while watching, I would be distracted/disgruntled by this fact and then something funny or charming or some singing would happen and I would think, “this film is such FUN!”*
*I totally smiled through the whole thing. But I feel very ambivalent about it now that I’m not sitting in the theater.
Cost: $5.00 (I made the most of $5.00 Sunday pricing)
Where watched: Regal Vancouver City Center 12 with Matt.
poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2015/pitch_perfect_two_ver4.html
I had to go to the German poster to avoid the use of “pitch” I found mildly offensive on the English posters. For all I know it says that in German too, but I can’t read German.
I’m a huge fan of the first one and can’t say I wasn’t disappointed by the sequel. I thought there could have been more substantial singings and I am sorry to see the relationship development for Benji and Emily felt so forced.
It did feel forced! I think they would have just been better off to leave the whole thing out.
It says, “Now they’re rocking the world!” So not offensive. I loved the original. Even before your review, I decided not to see the sequel. I just had a feeling it wouldn’t sit right with me.
Ah, that’s good. And a better tagline than the play on pitch/bitch.
Matt and I heard the Movie Date review before we saw the movie and both hosts were not very pleased with the people-of-color-as-stereotypes and I think that kind of primed us to lean in that direction. But I still think it won’t age very well.
I liked the singing parts and the rest was kind of meh. It was hilarious to see our favorite Sing Off winners/band we see in concert Pentatonix with their cameo as the Canadian acapella team. They are super fashionable in real life and in the movie they wore maple leaf vests which were truly amusing!
I missed that it was Pentatonix, but I do remember those sweaters.