For the last few weeks I have been racing to see all the nominated movies in advance of the Golden Globes and the Oscars. I took a break from the more serious films to catch up with my Pitches.
Pitch Perfect 3 continues the story of our beloved Barden Bellas (in case you missed them, you can revisit my reviews of the first and second movies). Now in their first year post-college, the Bellas all seem to be flailing a bit as they transition into the working world. Aubrey, played by Anna Camp, secures them a spot in a USO tour, giving them one final chance to perform together.
While the plot was definitely far fetched, I was just so happy to have another chance to watch them. I felt the exact same way about the Sex and the City movies. It didn't really matter what was going on, just that I got to hang out with them again.
In Pitch Perfect 3, announcers John and Gail return, delivering some of the funniest lines in the movie. Beca (Anna Kendrick) is still the star and musical genius of the group, which they play up toward the end.
Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) didn't have as much screen time or as many biting one liners as she has in the past, but this time we get to meet her father, played by John Lithgow. I love that he can do a show as serious as The Crown and then play a part like this.
While I loved all the music and I didn't want the movie to end, I did have one gripe. Jesse, Beca's love interest, was nowhere to be found. Fun fact: In real life, actor Skylar Astin (Jesse) is married to co-star Anna Camp. They sort of hint at a flirtation between Beca and one of the guys staffing the USO tour, but it never becomes anything. I need romance!
I saw the movie at the Super Lux in Chestnut Hill, so I was in the comfiest of reclining leather seats and I ordered a Moscow Mule to sip on during the show. A+ situation.
Pro tip: if you love the music from these movies, check out the Pitch Perfect Pandora station. It has all the hits from the big screen, plus great covers by a cappella giants like Pentatonix and Straight No Chaser. And yes, I still listen to Pandora.
Did you see Pitch Perfect 3? How did you feel it stacked up against the first two?