Posted by Rande Iaboni on October 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and other young Hollywood starlets, ‘Pitch Perfect’ hits theaters on a high note, and yes I realize how cheesy that sounds. After checking out the trailers for this film the only thing that really stood out for me was actress Rebel Wilson and her golden comedic timing. I had first noticed Wilson back in Bridesmaids where she played a small but hilarious role, and ever since then I have been following her up-and-coming career. I expected to laugh at Wilson in this film, but I didn’t expect to love anything else. I was sure in for a surprise, and a good one at that.
For those that don’t know, ‘Pitch Perfect’ is about Beca, a freshman at Barden University, who is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. Beca is portrayed by Anna Kendrick, an Academy Award nominated actress for ‘Up in the Air,’ another one I have been following since her arrival to Hollywood. Her performance in ’50/50′ was extremely likable so I expected good things from her here and she delivered. Who knew she could sing that well? She fit the part perfectly, just enough edge equally matched in cuteness, she nailed it. Her love interest in the film Skylar Astin isn’t given too much to do besides sing extremely well (like really, really well), and have good chemistry with Kendrick. Thankfully Kendrick and Astin sold the romance and the film didn’t put too much emphasis on it here, sure it was an important part but it didn’t overshadow the real premise, the singing competitions.
If you have seen the movie ‘Bring it On’ then you have basically seen this movie, they seriously were so much alike I couldn’t believe it. Just replace cheerleading with singing and you’ve got ‘Pitch Perfect,’ but that is by no means a bad thing. I loved ‘Bring it On’ for it’s competitive spirit and colorful characters, and ‘Pitch Perfect’ nailed all of that. Every character had a moment to shine, whether it was from singing or making me laugh, there wasn’t a flat note in this cast.
Did I mention how good the music is? Not only can this cast sing phenomenally but the music-remixes featured are a blast and I wouldn’t be surprised if the soundtrack makes a big splash on iTunes.
With a solid and likable cast, fantastic tunes, and multiple big laughs, ‘Pitch Perfect’ is an all-around knock out. Rebel Wilson steals most of the scenes she is in but other characters make a big impression as well. A worthy match-up to ‘Bring it On’ and teen films in general, I expect great things for this film when it finally hits a wider audience. This is what ‘Glee’ should be like but so often fails to be. SEE IT.