You’ve just started college, despite not wanting to. You’ve got a deal to stick it out for a year before your father promises to help you live your dream; making music. So what would any girl do but find themselves a member of The Bella’s – the college’s all girl singing group determined to beat the boys for the first time and bring home the trophy.
Yet that is exactly what Beca finds happening.
Pitch Perfect is directed by Jason Moore and features a range of singing voices known from recent years: Skylar Astin (Glee) and Brittany Snow (Hairspray) to name just two. A feel good film that makes everyone feel they can belong, Pitch Perfect takes the usual teenage route of exploring the themes of growing up, but in an all-singing, all-dancing way.
But this is no cheesy chick-flick with sleepovers every night. The competition is deadly and finding what it is you want in life may just be a compromise that you’re not willing to make. Beca is a self-reliant determined young woman who is adamant she is going to make a career for herself making music, despite the world in general being against her. And the worst part? She is good at it as well.
After joining The Bella’s, Beca is given a chance to prove her talents and try her luck in love. But it’s not that easy to just fit in when you’re used to being on your own and Beca finds out what it means to truly have to fight – and grovel – to get what you want.
For someone that isn’t usually into these sorts of films, I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed it. The level of maturity in the film was tasteful – for once it didn’t feel like you were watching something for a younger audience where everyone bursts into song spontaneously to fix their problems. There is swearing. There is violence… if a fight with an old, retired band resulting in a trophy being thrown through a window and Beca arrested counts? The light-hearted humour the whole way through the film makes you root for those you want to win and just hope that Beca has what it takes to fight for her dreams.
Moore has a background based in television more than film, but he is no stranger to song, having directed Shrek the Musical. There seems to be an understanding in this film about how much should be singing and how much should be plot related/character building. It certainly works, for you actually care about the characters by the end and want to watch it for them as well as for the songs. Modern versus classic, the competition over what is best is taken to a whole new level when Beca clashes with The Bella leader, Chloe (Snow).
For a feel good, guilty pleasure sort of film, Pitch Perfect ticks the boxes. Not to be taken seriously but just some good entertainment, it’s the type of film you need to crack open the popcorn to truly appreciate.