Almost all movie lovers and music fans saw this movie even before it hit Philippine cinemas. Miracle of internet world isn’t it? Some people call it Glee copycat, some say it’s a mature version of High School Musical and some, since they are a lot of mash up songs in this movie, call it a mash up of Glee and High School Musical but I don’t get it, why compare this to Glee and High School Musical?
First, lame reason, Pitch Perfect’s setting is in college, meaning, they are college students competing with other college students and in college tournament and next, they are singing acapella unlike in Glee wherein they sing cover songs from famous artists and doing it their own way and High School Musical singing their own Disney songs and lastly,
Pitch Perfect is way much better than Glee and High School Musical. I’ve seen the first season of Glee and 1st episode of its second season because of Charice Pempengco and after that, I stopped watching it because of the lame story and High School Musical? Haven’t seen one and don’t have plans on watching it.
Let’s go back with Pitch Perfect, it’s a story of Becca, played by Anna Kendrick, an aspiring DJ and producer who went to college because of her Dad’s request and while she ignore the people around her and made an intern to college radio station because of her love of music, she was discovered by one of the members of The Barden Bellas, an all female acapella group of Barden University, and she decided to audition and successfully made here way to The Bellas.
Here, she made friends and enemies within the group including their leader, Aubrey Posen, played by Anna Camp, as Becca wants to change the old style of The Bellas and make it a mash up style acapella. She also met her so-called boyfriend here, Jesses, played by Skylar Astin, who is part of The Bellas number 1 enemy and competitor, the all male acapella group, The TrebleMaker, the number 1 acapella group in the country until they were beaten by The Barden Bellas at the end of the movie.
All I can say that the story of this film is a typical college musical flick but the songs are just amazing. Song selection is very crucial in every musical movie but Pitch Perfect did a great job in doing it, mixing some old songs and new songs and combining different genres to make a perfect mash up acapella songs. It is nice to see that the movie is also paying homage to classic movies such as Breakfast Club and Star Wars. I think that this is the perfect recipe to make your movie successful and also to attract not-so-young viewers to watch this film.
Character selection is also important in every musical movie because you are not just looking for a great singer, but also you need to find good actors and actresses who can portray the role perfectly. Fat Amy, played by Rebel Wilson, got every critique’s attention because of her perfect portrayal into this film, good vocal singing and she added humor into this film.
Let’s say that this movie and her character as Fat Amy is her breakout role. This is a musical comedy right? Well, Fat Amy made this movie fall under the musical comedy genre, but it’s not just Fat Amy who played perfectly into this film but also other stars like Ester Dean and Skylar Astin. Yes, Ester Dean, known for her Hip Hop and RnB genre plays college student/acapella singer here and she revealed her true musical voice here.
We all heard her in the radio singing some Rap and RnB songs but here, she sings perfectly and portrayed the character of a tomboy who has a gambling problem and making joining The Barden Bella group as her outlet very well. Skylar Astin who plays Jesse, Becca’s partner did a great job as well. Making his boy-next-door look and manly voice wave throughout the movie. He is part of The Treble Maker, the sort of an antagonist group of this movie but you will never hate his character even though he belongs to the most hated acapella group in this film.
Other side notes:
David Guetta’s Titanium mash up with an Indian-like song – there’s a scene in the movie where Becca, doing her DJ like thing in her laptop and mixing David Guetta’s Titanium to the Indian/Bollywood style music which is kinda irritating because the music or what DJ’s want to call it, BPM, doesn’t even match.
Becca’s audition song – when acapella groups from Barden University is searching for new members of their group, they selected the song “Since you’ve been gone” by Kelly Clarkson and all aspiring acapella students who auditioned performed this song except for Becca. One, because she’s late and second, she’s the main star of this film and she can choose whatever song she wants but I’m not complaining because her audition song is perfect, pitch perfect to make it suitable for this movie. She used a plastic cap as an improvised instrument for her acapella song and that said song even made it to the play list of some radio stations here in the Philippines. The song by the way is “You’re gonna miss me” by Lulu and the Lampshades.
Vader is not father in German – in the movie, Jesse is introducing some classic movies to Becca and giving her a “movie-cation”, that’s movie and education mash up and Becca said that Star Wars is predictable because Vader is a German word for father and obviously, Darth Vader is Darth Father in German which is actually wrong because father in German is actually Vater and Vader is a Dutch word meaning father so she should actually said that Vader in DUTCH is Father, not German.
The gay fat guy host of the “rip-off” – there’s a spontaneous acapella battle in this movie called “rip-off” wherein they have to sing songs based on category and when the rip off is on going and hosted a by this fat gay person, Justin, he described one of the members of the acapella group, High Notes, as “the negative side effects of medical marijuana”, well, that gay fat guy Justin looks like he’s the one who is smoking marijuana because he looks like he’s been eating all the munchies and the member of the group High Notes doesn’t look like a pot smoker but instead, she looks like a bum who just joined an acapella group.
Old man looking like a pornstar – after The Treble Maker won the regional tournament, they run into old and seasoned acapella group singing in the lobby and one of its members look like the pornstar, Ron Jeremy. LOL!
Pitch Perfect 2 + McLovin’ – Christopher Mintz-Plasse also famously known as McLovin’, played a small role in Pitch Perfect and there’s a news that the sequel Pitch Perfect 2 is on the works and I just hope that Christopher Mintz-Plasse will have more role into this sequel and unleash his McLovin’ persona into this sequel.
Overall, this movie is great even though it has a common story. The characters and songs are pitch perfect and I’m sure that many people watched this film more than once, downloaded/buy the songs used into this movie and got LSS’d (Last Song Syndrome) from the song “Don’t you forget about me” by Simple Minds and even watched the 80′s classic, Breakfast Club.