he Bellas are back, and unfortunately, no one asked them to be.
We catch up with the Bellas three years after the events of Pitch Perfect 2. They have all successfully graduated from University and like most of us, despite thinking their degrees would help them reach new heights, they find themselves on the bottom of the pile doing work they all hate. Who said work should be fun?
After a reunion of sorts, the Bellas decide to have one last hurrah and conveniently join a USO tour that Aubrey’s Dad can get them on. It’s Pitch Perfect, so there has to be some kind of competition element and for whatever reason, DJ Khaled is using this tour to find a new opening act. Because that makes perfect sense.
That on its own sounds like a great film. The Bellas are down on their luck, out of their depth and need to turn it around to beat the bands with instruments. Great! Everyone loves an underdog story.
Regrettably, this film falls so flat, it needs about five years of singing lessons or miracle Adele surgery to call itself Pitch Perfect.
This film is part musical romp, part action film. Yes, action film. The franchise gives in to its biggest star, Rebel Wilson, and allows her story to counter and be the driving force rather than the hilarious background scene stealer we love her for in the previous instalments.
Fat Amy is given an unsurprisingly wild backstory that is so out of place it would have worked better as a separate spin off. When the Bellas arrive in Spain, Amy finds her childhood plush bunny rabbit casually on the bed. She has one explanation. After years on the run, her father, international criminal, Fergus has found her. His goal is to “reconnect” with his daughter to access an offshore account of $180 million in her name.
After being rejected by his daughter, Fergus decides to kidnap the Bellas on a fabulous boat to lure Amy back. Rebel Wilson excels in an amazing action sequence that is quirky as it is badass. It reminded me of Mellissa McCarthy’s dabble at action Spy (2015) and in 2018 I’m expecting Wilson to morph into full Mellissa McCarthy and give us an unconventional character’s that will become her thing.
The only good thing about this film is the ending. The screenplay allows the Bellas to finally close the chapter and reflect on everything they have achieved together. Everything feels perfectly resolved, and despite exciting premises happening for each character, there is no need to revisit.
This film felt like a first draft rather than a finished product. The plot was aca-awful and felt like an excuse to make money rather than produce a good film. The musical arrangements were boring, the riff off was a disappointment and why Ruby Rose was there is anyone’s guess. I wanted a full out musical send-off not Anna Kendrick jumping off a yacht, but there you go.
Whoever says good things come in three’s clearly hasn’t seen Pitch Perfect 3.
Save your money and just watch the first film 3 times.