PITCH PERFECT 3 – A Review by Cynthia Flores
If you didn’t love the TV show Glee or Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, then you should just stop here and move along. This new film, Pitch Perfect 3, with everyone from the last two films will be of no interest to a tone-deaf person like yourself. For the rest of the world that loves mashups and a cappella singing, you’ll find this last film in the Pitch Perfect trilogy a fitting end. The film follows the Bellas, dealing with life after college. None of them have been able to find the joy they had in their glory days of singing with the Bellas. An invite from Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), who is in her last year of college and the new leader of the Bellas, brings everyone together for a reunion at their performance at an aquarium. The older Bellas think they were asked to perform and are bummed to find out they were there to just watch and grab some drinks afterwards.
While they're drowning their sorrows about their lack of Life After College and how much they miss singing together, Audrey (Anna Camp) says that she could get the group an invite to perform for the American troops and their families in different European countries if she asks her father. Everyone decides that they can go and do a little mini-tour one last time as the Bellas. Everyone except Stacy (Alexis Knapp) who at the bar lets everyone know she is eight months pregnant so Emily gets to go in her place. The whole gang is excited to sing together again. However when they get there they find out that the opening acts for DJ Khaled are actually competing to see who he picks to open for him at the last stop that is being televised. So of course there is a competition and this time they are up against groups with great voices and that actually play instruments!
All the while John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (Elizabeth Banks) are making an a cappella documentary following the Bellas around Europe as they try to win their last competition.
I won’t give anything away because the plot is really over the top and a bit silly at times. What this film does have is some really great songs performed smokingly! Most of all it's a great way to say goodbye to this group of girls we watched become women who can really sing. I know there will not be a PP4 because Pitch Perfect 3 barely had enough air left to hit that last high note. It’s a great sounding but too over the top film. For that reason, I give it a C+ rating.
Directed by Tris Sie
Written By Kay Cannon, Mike White, Kay Cannon
Selig Rating C+
Running Time 1hr 33min
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfeld, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Chrissie Fit, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins
The Selig Rating Scale:
A – Excellent movie, well worth the price.
B – Good movie
C – OK movie
D – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
F – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.