Pitch Perfect 2: Movie Review

"Pitch Perfect 2" mostly finds itself keeping in tune to the aspects that made the original so great. You could say its a very nostalgic romp through both comedic symphony and chemistry. Sadly, there's also no denying that this second outing has lost some luster and is unable to completely match its predecessor in a whole lot of ways.

The Barden Bellas are suddenly banned from competing after an accidental scandal that not only threatens to derail their championship run but worse, could spell the end of the Bellas themselves. With just one chance left at redeeming their legacy and saving their sorority, the Bellas must compete in the World Championships of A Cappella 2015 in Copenhagen. As they struggle to balance the pressures of musical domination with senior angst, it will take the power of sisterhood to find their voice and see what it takes to be the world’s top pitches.

"Pitch Perfect 2" starts on shaky ground. It struggles to keep up with the standard of its predecessor and overall, it is an inferior experience when compared to it. What we loved about the first film are the story, the characters and the songs. This time, the story feels a little bit forced and just off. We just couldn't find ourselves to commit to it a hundred percent as the overall arc wasn't engaging and the subplots were left off with a lot of question marks in the air. The characters we loved are all there with the inclusion of some new ones too. The old characters get their fair share of screen time and the chemistry of the Bellas is still there - that's why the film is a hoot to watch. But we did feel that the new characters were severely left out. As for the songs, we think that the first had better ones overall but the second film isn't too far off. We could even say that the last performance of the Bellas is the best one yet and one that truly caught us off guard. Overall, "Pitch Perfect 2" could definitely stand on its own. It's a great watch and more importantly, still funny.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- the comedy is great
- captures the atmosphere of the first film

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- doesn't really match up with the original

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