Movie Review: Pitch Perfect

By Avery Naughton

Pitch Perfect is a refreshing change of pace from the mediocre music-centered movies of the summer.

Beca, an aspiring DJ, attends Barden University where her father teaches. Cross from her parents’ divorce, Beca struggles to fit in at her new college and make friends with her somber roommate, Kimmy Jin. However, after joining an all-girls a capella group, “The Bellas,” Beca reluctantly makes friend with several of the colorful characters, such as the bluntly hilarious “Fat Amy.” As the team strives to reach the a capella finals, their campus rivals, the “Treble Makers” stands in the way of victory.

For anyone reluctant to see another “Glee” look-a-like, do not worry. This movie is filled with comedic monologues,            puns, and the quirky atmosphere of a misfit singing group. The college drama only adds to the story instead of annoying the viewers. An interesting plot backed up by a superb list of actors creates a memorable flick for all ages.

“Fat Amy,” portrayed by Rebel Wilson, steals the show. Wilson, who previously starred in such films as Bridesmaids and Bachelorette, has adapted a gaggle of fans for her humor and one-liners. In Pitch Perfect, “Fat Amy” takes on the role of the loud, outspoken student who has “wrestled dingo’s and crocodiles at the same time.” The audience hangs on her every word, waiting for her one-liners and jabs at the other members of The Bellas. Other members of the a capella group, such as Lilly, played by Hana Mae Lee, prove equally as peculiar and entertaining. Lilly, who communicates in a whisper for nearly the entire movie, continuously mutters morose sayings throughout the entire film.

Not to be outshined by their female counterparts, roommates, Ben Platt and Skylar Astin, round out the Treble Makers with their love of magic and the soundtrack of movies.

Although the ending is somewhat predictable and flat lined, the numerous musical performances leave the audience cheering on instead of sinking in their seats. Preforming popular songs from both the current and later decades such as “Right Round,” “Just The Way You Are” and “Don’t You(Forget About Me),” the a capella songs are sure to fascinate the crowd. Although the synchronized dancing can at times be comical all on its own, these dance moves only add to the hilarity of the film.

Pitch Perfect, with its outstanding cast and new spin on big-screen music production, is a movie you will not want to miss.