Thanks to Forever YA I had the chance to attend a preview screening of Pitch Perfect, the new film about the cut-throat world of College A Capella starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, and Skylar Astin (among many other familiar faces, Cormac McLaggan is in this movie!) Is Pitch Perfect a classic? No. Will we remember it this time next year? Doubtful. Was it 2 hours of solid entertainment? Absolutely! Pitch Perfect was aca-awesome. I was grinning from ear-to-ear and laughing my head off for 2 hours. The film is about what we are about, geeks who are awesome. As Benji (Ben Platt), the sentimental magician roommate of leading man Jesse (Astin) says in the beginning of the film, the Treblemakers are the “kings of cool” you know “for people who aren’t athletes, frat boys, or actually cool”.
Musical movies have been making quite the resurgence lately and one thing they perpetually fail to do is find a balance between the music and the book. You find yourself sitting through dialogue and asking, “can you just sing already”. Pitch Perfect actually achieved that illusive balance. With the help of a very witty script written by Kay Cannon, the pacing of Pitch Perfect was surprisingly well done. Full of great one-liners and banter by the talented Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect soars through plot and the main character’s freshmen year of college like there is no tomorrow. While the sentimental love story aspect of the film will undoubtedly be more enjoyable curled up in your bed at 2am with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, the comedic arc of the overall plot and the epic a-capella face offs make Pitch Perfect a movie worth seeing in theaters. The music was your fairly standard a capella fair, but really who cares? It is meant to make you dance around in your seats and squeal, not wow you with its musical complexity.
Pitch Perfect is an excellent antidote for a long day at work, a 20-page research paper, or the aftermath of opening your credit card bill. It will transport you to a simpler time of singing, drinking, girl power, and watching “The Breakfast Club” with your cute neighbor from down the hall. Go see Pitch Perfect in theaters on October 5th and brighten your day with an aca-explosion.
Pitch Perfect opens September 28th in select theaters and nationwide October 5th. Visit www.pitchperfectmovie.com