Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) – Not as “Perfect” as the first one

Trailer Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

An improvement on the 2nd one

I wasn’t expecting too much so I went to the cinema with an open mind. However, I was only about 3 minutes into this film and I could feel the quality and feel of it was a whole lot better than the last.

There should not be any confusion about what this film is. Lots of cheap laughs and a little feel good music. Thats it. But that is all it has ever been. So the measure is how good it makes you feel.

The story, whilst very predictable and normal, did flow okay and the pace was good. There didn’t feel like there was that much singing in this one but it was enough for me. All the pitches looked great and the visuals were all done well. I’ve not heard of this director before but I liked her work. The humour and ‘action’ were all well executed and I had a good few giggles throughout. I was expecting a bigger ending with more of a punch but it never quite came. It was okay but I expected a big hitting finale.

Overall I came away a little happier having had the chance to laugh at a few cheap gags. It is what it is and it made me laugh. So I have to be positive about this film. It was a lot better than I expected. I do recommend you go and see it.

Back to Bellas

If you were a fan of the first Pitch Perfect movie and were disappointed by the bloated sequel, you’ll find Pitch Perfect 3 to be acc-awesome. I saw all three movies back-to-back-to-back at the Pitch Perfect Treble feature so I was able to put them into fresh context.

The third chapter gets back to basics and focuses squarely on the core cast, along with Hailee Steinfeld and Chrissie Fit from PP2.

Pitch Perfect always worked best as a “small movie”. PP2 made the usual mistake of going big, rather than going deep. The result was needless plot distractions like the Green Bay Packers and Snoop Dogg. Sure, those elements were fun, but they didn’t add much. Also gone is the weirdness of PP2, like the Teutonic Das Sound Machine, the Riff Off Host, and jokes about illegal immigrants.

What’s left is a much tighter plot featuring the Bellas doing what they do best. My favorite scene in PP3 is the riff off where the group effortlessly segues from song to song. I’m sure it was heavily choreographed and rehearsed, but it seems so natural and reflects a chemistry developed from doing three movies together.

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PP3 also avoids the third chapter mistake of trying to cram in everyone who appeared in the earlier features. A lot of the main characters are gone, and the roles of some of the remaining ones – most notably Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins – are diminished to give the Bellas more time. Even the finale, arguably, goes small to focus on the Bellas and their sisterhood.

In the end, this franchise finale is “pitch perfect”. To paraphrase Jesse, if you like watching a bunch of girls doing covers of songs one last time, you’ll love this movie.

As a final note – PP3 does a nice job closing this chapter of women’s lives and also in paying homage to the past movies. Look for references and scenes from the past and enjoy how far these women have come.

Quite a lot of fun actually! – Film Review By Niall Maggs

Pitch Perfect 3 is your typical musical for teenage girls, not a particularly good film, but a most definitely enjoyable one filled with silly but humorous jokes, and witty dialogue.

The plot of Pitch Perfect 3 is so ridiculous and boring, but the comedy factor manages to make up for it, supplying the audience with constant laughs, particularly from Fat Amy played hilariously by Rebel Wilson, who can be irritating at some points, which is where the film suffers, however most scenes involving her are usually the best moments.

The lead character Beca, played wonderfully by the excellent Anna Kendrick, is also a high point in the film. Kendrick manages to carry the rest of the cast, mostly filled with mediocre performances, and stand out above them all due to the sassy, smart but adorably innocent character she plays. She’s someone the audience can root for, and is easily likeable. However, a lot of the supporting characters aren’t quite as pleasant or loveable…

Kay Cannon’s script is of average quality but entertainingly witty. Some lines of dialogue are more cringe worthy than Anakin and Padme’s romance in ‘Attack of the Clones’ (and that’s saying something!) but you can’t help but forgive such embarrassing dialogue and love it, because that’s what makes it fun!

The direction is, again, average but the pacing is surprisingly flawless. There isn’t one point that feels dragged or rushed, and the flow stays very consistent throughout. With a minimal runtime of just 93 minutes, there isn’t much time for slow story building and development like Blade Runner 2049, but you couldn’t expect much more from a film like this.

Like I said, the performances from the supporting cast are mediocre at best, but, once again, you wouldn’t expect Oscar worthy portrayals in a teen musical like this one! The cast work well with what they’ve got, but what they’ve got isn’t much. However, you can tell they have great chemistry, and enjoy working together.

The cinematography is unnoticeable, which would make it average, and just blends in. No IMAX mind-blowing wide shots or expert special effects, but maybe that’s a good thing. There aren’t any mind-numbing distractions, so you can just enjoy the bare bones simplistic structure, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all!

Because it’s a musical, it’s going to contain music and dance. Was it good? Well I’m no singing expert, but it seemed alright to me… Some of the songs were embarrassing and plain cringe worthy, but you can’t bash the effort the actors put into the routine, which displays their dedication, and just proves they want to make sure the audience have an exciting time.

There is also a stereotypical, unnecessary villain played by John Lithgow, who fits all the criteria for a cliché mastermind bad guy. There really was no reason for him to be there, and literally doesn’t develop the plot in any way, and only has some relevance in the last fifteen minutes.

This is one of those movies that would be considered a guilty pleasure. You know it’s not a great film, or the best of the year, nor does it try to be, however there is so much fun to be had with Pitch Perfect 3, filled to the brim with light-hearted humour which is simple, laid back and clean. A perfect family friendly movie and one that can be enjoyed by everyone.

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