by Rocco Malloy
The highly anticipated sequel to the well-known movie Pitch Perfect was released on May 15, 2015. Anyone who has seen the first movie couldn’t wait for the release of Pitch Perfect 2. As much as I would like to pretend I wasn’t excited for the sequel, I definitely was. The first movie was hilarious, so I could only imagine what the second one was going to be like. I personally enjoyed this movie, as I did the first. This sequel was not like most. It was almost better than the first one.
Following the Barden Bellas, the first all-female acappella group to win a national title, the movie is a musical comedy that leaves you wishing you could sing so that you could be in an acapella group, too. The movie opens with a performance by the Bellas in front of hundreds of people, including President Obama. The performance is amazing, as usual, until something goes terribly wrong. They are suspended as an acapella group leaving them devastated as they are a group of seniors who want to finish out the year by winning another national title. To regain their status and right to perform, they make a deal that if they enter an international competition that no American group has ever won, and actually win, that they are no longer suspended.
The movie was, as expected, hilarious just like the first one. The characters were just as funny, if not more funny as they were in the first movie. There were a few new characters that brought a little more to the table. Since it is a sequel, there had to be a few new characters. The movie did a great job at tying in characters from the first movie when you would least expect it. The best part about sequel movies is that it is basically a reunion for the audience and even the actors.
Pitch Perfect 2 was neither worse nor better than the first one. Sequels can either be completely awful compared to the first movie, or sometimes people like the second movie better than the first. But when it comes to Pitch Perfect, both movies were uniquely hilarious, entertaining and unpredictable (for the most part). The second movie, however, was a lot less predictable than the first movie. You never really knew where the movie was going or what was going to happen. I think a little of that had to do with the advertising not giving away too much of the plot, but also a lot to do with the script and storyline.
I would definitely suggest seeing this movie for anyone looking to have a good laugh, but also watch some pretty great performances. The international accapella groups were extremely entertaining, and honestly, incredible. If I was a movie critic, I would give this movie “two thumbs up.”