Quick Hit: A decent idea turns sour in this sequel to the popular Acapella movie.
Honestly, at first blush, I couldn’t tell you exactly why this movie made me so angry. But the further and longer I thought about it, the reason was pretty clear. They took the simplicity of the first movie and made it all the more complicated, while trying to ape not only what they did before, but with explicit copying of storylines from Glee.
Ya, it was that kind of movie.
The plot here is just as simple, and yet infinitely more complicated due to the extraoridinary amount of subplots that spring off like growths and tumors in every direction. We’ve got the fact that the Bellas are banned from competition, we’ve got Beca’s internship/new job, her relationship with her boyfriend and her fellow Beca’s, Fat Amy/Patricia’s relationship with Bumper, and Hailee Steinfeld as the new Legacy Bella, which is one of the most convenient of all the terrible plot points. Couple that with some random German? Singers and some really odd interactions with them, and you have one of the worst sequels I’ve seen.
There are some very brief moments of light that may keep you from completely going ape on your television. Some brief humor featuring Stacie running a camp is worthwhile. And occasionally you get someone who shows up and steals a scene or two, like Snoop Dogg or Keegan-Micahel Key. There’s also some actual Green Bay Packers that make an appearance, and it’s not that bad (it’s also no SuperBowl Shuffle).
But unfortunately, the shifting plot points consistently overrun anything that could give a semblance of momentum. The movie is constantly downshifting, and there is no real sense of stakes at all. At no time are you actually worried that the Bellas are going to fail. At no time do you think that Beca won’t succeed in her new job. There’s nothing here that is exciting. Even the Riff Off is a blatant copy of a good scene from the first movie. I understand wanting to play to your audience, but refusing to come up with any new ideas is lazy and inexcusable.
This movie actively made me upset, especially since the whole “win with an original song” BS was directly out of a finale from Glee. So guess what Pitch Perfect 2, you get an ACA-“F”.
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