by Eric Paolini
Is it possible to be simultaneously pleased and disappointed? Because that's how I feel about Pitch Perfect. It lived up to my expectations, which basically means I enjoyed the movie watching experience. But I'm disappointed as well. It could have been better. Pitch Perfect could have been one of the best "silly but fun" movies. Instead it will be one of those movies that will be watched when it pops up on HBO.
Pitch Perfect is fun for the most part. But the tone felt inconsistent. At times it was in on the joke, but it took itself seriously too much. When Anna Kendrick's character (who I have absolutely no recollection of what her character's name is) reaches her low point, it gets really low. Unnecessarily low for a fun comedy. The film tried to have a sense of heart that never fit. The film I wanted to see would have been a little more Dodgeball-y, right down to the insane commentators. But that's not what Pitch Perfect is. Instead of completely fun and ridiculous (like Dodgeball or Anchorman) it tries to balance fun and serious.
Pitch Perfect was best during the "riff-off" scene. The scene could have lasted much longer. Instead, we were subjected to two horrible vomit scenes. I could have lived through the first one, but the second one was downright disgusting. I NEVER needed to see someone do the vomit version of a snow angel. Combined with the vomit, Pitch Perfect also created a catchphrase of sorts, adding "a ca" in front of every word. For example, a ca awesome. You get it? Because the movie is all about a cappella. It is so overused and unfunny that I'm having PTSD-like flashbacks writing this down.
But for every moment that Anna Camp was featured, which was not good, there were moments when Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson were fantastic in. My enjoyment stems mostly from these two. Their characters were written the best and both gave great performances. I had my doubts about Wilson after her role in the overrated Bridesmaids. I found her annoying. After Pitch Perfect, I have turned around on her.
While Anna Kendrick rapping will always be remembered, the rest of Pitch Perfect may not be.
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