Release Year: 2012
Director: Jason Moore
Screenwriter(s): Kay Cannon, Mickey Rapkin (book)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Alexis Knap, Adam Levine, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins
Beca (Anna Kendrick) is a freshman at Barden University and is pressured to join the a capella Group, the Barden Bellas. Her alternative style clashes with the group’s repetoire but the Barden Bellas will need to be on the same pitch in order to beat their male campus rivals in the national competition.
Pitch Perfect was one of the more pleasant surprises of 2012; it promised a lot of great music and fun, and it certainly delivered. Most are probably on Beca’s side in the beginning: a capella is pretty lame. This film goes a long way to prove it’s fun, entertaining, an quite ear-catching and only the most cold-hearted will not be won over before the end. Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air 2009) is perfectly casted as the cynical Beca forced into Barden University by her father who insists she gets a college education before persuing her dream of becoming a music producer. At Barden she meets kind-hearted and fun Jesse (Skylar Astin) who takes a shine to her even though it’s not recipocated at first. They find themselves in opposing Groups as she joins the Barden Bellas and he joins the Treblemakers, but although their story is at the heart of the film, it’s as much about Beca opening up to the people around her. Although it’s pretty obvious where things are headed it’s all set to great music, wonderfully odd moments, and funny jokes and you’ll thoroughly enjoy the ride. The jokes in particular are down to the talented Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids 2011) whose Fat Amy is hilarious. Pitch Perfect is highly recommended to anyone who loves a great musical film or a good comedy and doesn’t mind a bit of music thrown in.
This is the screen début of Ester Dean (she plays Cynthia Rose), who is a songwriter and music producer. During the riff-off she sings part of the song “S&M” which was co-written by her.
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