Now I must admit that I had my doubts going into Pitch Perfect 2. You know how it is? You see a movie that you really love, you watch it over and over, so much so that you start to quote lines with your friends and the soundtrack is overplayed on your iPod. Then you hear that there is a sequel, you go into it with the best intentions and come out of the movie theater completely disappointed in what you’ve just watched and wishing that you could get back the hours you’ve just lost.
Well, I’m here to tell you that Pitch Perfect 2 is not one of those sequels. In fact, I’d venture to say that it might be better than its predecessor. The original ensemble which includes Brittany Snow, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and the rest of the Bellas, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine and the rest of the Treblemakers, return for the sequel as well as a slew of new acapella groups. One of those groups is Das Sound Machine, the group that is chosen to replace the Bellas on their tour after a hilarious mishap during a performance for the president and first lady (and yes, they both make a cameo in the film). The group is led by Birgitte Hjort Sorensen who plays Kommisar and famous YouTube personality Flula Borg who plays Pieter Kramer. The Bellas decide that the only way to get their suspension removed is to win the international competition, which no American team has ever won.
As the majority of the Barden Bellas prepare to graduate, they are faced not only with the realization that it is time to plan out their futures, but also the task of figuring out their sound again after their suspension. Kendrick’s character Becca struggles to juggle her future goals and her place in the Bellas as they do whatever it takes to get back on top. The film also introduces a new Bella to the group, Emily Junk who is played by Hailee Steinfeld. Junk ultimately bonds with Kendrick’s character Becca after the two find common ground in their love for music.
The film is filled with hysterical moments including a hilarious rendition of “We Belong Together” by Pat Benatar and new love interests for both Wilson’s character Fat Amy and the newest Bella Emily. Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins return as the over the top and often “controversial” commentators Gail and John which deliver some of the most hilarious lines in the film. Anna Camp also reprises her role as former leader of the Bellas and now graduated, Aubrey Posen. Posen helps the group figure out their sound again after they think they have lost it for good.
Along with the laugh out loud moments, the other factor and the one that made the original film a hit, is the music. The film does not disappoint with its musical numbers which are flashier and on a bigger scale then the first film. The film even includes a touching campfire version of the first film’s hit song “Cups (When I’m Gone)” and even features an even more epic Riff Off than the first film which includes a comical cameo from some of the Green Bay Packers. You’ll also be glad to know that there is plenty of eye candy in the film, as my THZ co-worker described it, there are “so many beautiful men.”
Overall, the film delivers in a range of different ways. It includes great music which I’m sure you’ll be playing on repeat like I am. A hilarious cast that deliver lines that had the entire theater laughing at the top of their lungs and most importantly, the film delivers that nostalgic feeling that reminds you of your college days and the bonds that a group of friends can share. I definitely wager to say that Pitch Perfect 2 is better than its predecessor, but don’t just take my word for it, check it out and judge for yourself. Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters Friday, May 15th!
Check out the newest trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 below!