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Pitch Perfect Theatrical ReviewJohn Delia
The story centers on Beca (Anna Kendrick) a new student at Barden University who's more of a loner than a mixer. Into her own type of music, Beca avoids the campus's coral groups who feast on attention from the rest of their classmates while doing covers on songs of the past. But, as life sometimes takes odd turns, Beca ends up in an all female a cappella group called the Bellas a mix of ladies that have actually earned some accolades up until they bombed out in the finals of a national music competition.
The enjoyment here comes with Beca getting involved with the wide variety of personalities that make up the musical vocal group. Much like the odd balls of Bridesmaids, this chorus has some hilarious members from bitchy to bodacious. Director Jason Moore keeps his talent energetic, witty and aggressive in their attempt to unseat the all men's group The Treblemakers who happen to be last year's national grand champions.
The film puts on an amazing show with Anna Kendrick (Tony Award nominated for her work in the Broadway musical production of High Society) singing some enjoyable covers with her regal support crew. Topping the Bellas are several familiar faces all in top vocal form including; Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) as a very funny Fat Amy who has a resounding voice, Anna Camp (The Help) as Aubrey, Brittany Snow (Hairspray) as leader of the group Chloe, Alexis Knapp (Project X) plays a very spicy Stacie and Hana Mae Lee (TV's Mike and Molly) as the very meek Lilly. This core of the Bellas keeps the film appealing, musical and humorous.
On the men's team The Treblemakers, director Moore gets fine performances out of Skylar Astin from TV's "Girls" as the Beca's love interest and Adam Devine (TV's Workaholics) leader of the group and obsessed with being the best. Without the all men's competitive team against the Bellas the film would have been quite flat. The guys put on some nicely choreographed performances and ramp up the show.
Although set up as more of a comedy than a musical, there's outstanding performances on the part of the whole company with Kendrick, Wilson and Snow taking center stage. With cover tunes of Gloria Estefan's "Turn the Beat Around", Rihanna's "S&M" and Backstreet's "No Diggity" the girls turn the film into a high energy tune fest. The guys add "Don't Stop the Music" (Rihanna), "Let It Whip" (The Dazz Band), "Mickey" (Toni Basil) and other recognizable hits keeping the film rocking.
The film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sexual material, language and drug references.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A fun film with an upbeat musical theme. (B)
-- John Delia
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Adam DeVine, Freddie Stroma
Directed by: Jason Moore
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 112 minutes
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
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John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making, publicist to Assistant Director. He has been a film critic for 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. He is listed in IMDb under his name JOHN DELIA. He free lances for a number of web magazines including FlickDirect. He is located in Florida in the Tampa Area. His interview with Benicio Del Toro received nearly 13,000 hits on youtube when Che opened and the interview with the unknown Bradley Cooper nearly 14,000 when The Hangover opened.He enjoys movie music, especially those from most Disney animated features.
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