Pitch Perfect

Starring: Adam DeVine, Alexis Knapp, Anna Camp, Anna Kendrick, Ben Platt, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin
Star rating: ***

There is no doubt that teen school musical films have been done to death. From the early High School Musical films to the Step Up series, these films have become a trend which is fast losing its shine. The hit US TV show Glee has created cult followings of young teens and adults alike and it is a hard act to follow. The storylines never differ from the originals too, the unpopular teenagers finding their voice through song and dance. So, i was sceptical to watch this film and see what could be so different about it.

Beca (Anna Kendrick) is a sassy freespirited music lover who is going through college to satisfy her overbearing father who thinks her music is a phase. She strong armed to join the Bellas, an all girl a capella group who are recovering from their failure in a national competition last year. In their aim to be the best this year, they take on a diverse range of characters from the quiet Asian to Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) who calls herself that before someone else does.

As films go from this genre, this definitely will not be the one to stand out from the already well-saturated market. It is hard to feel something for the characters who are such stereotypes and they don’t have a major part to play in the film at all. Kendrick does her best as Beca but she is so reserved throughout the film that we don’t really see her character develop. Rebel Wilson does take the screen space away and her role bordering on the ridiculous makes her stand out from the rest. The musical numbers are well sung and their final number looks great on the big screen, however apart from that, there isn’t much else i can say about the film. A good past time watch but don’t expect anything too groundbreaking. 

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