pitch perfect: a less-than-perfect addition to the series

The first two Pitch Perfect movies were undeniably a triumph for Hollywood, and they inspired people all around the globe to get up and sing. So of course a third—and sadly, final—Pitch Perfect had to debut to give us fans one more chance to sing along with our favorite characters.

Set at the fictional Barden University, the first two movies follow the lives of the Bellas, a female acapella group. The first movie centers around the group working toward the national competition, and the second depicts the girls preparing for the world competition. The cast features Anna Kendrick as Beca, Brittany Snow as Chloe, Anna Camp as Aubrey, and Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy.

I’ve always loved watching the Pitch Perfect movies because of their fun and quirky humor and the spectacular covers of popular songs like Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” or Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone.”

So when I heard a third Pitch Perfect was hitting theaters, I couldn’t wait to watch it. But I wondered: would Fat Amy still be hilarious? Would the music in the third be able to compete with the amazing tunes from the first and second?

Pitch Perfect 3 opens with the Bellas out of college and not doing so well. Chloe is having a hard time getting into veterinary school, Beca has just quit her job, and Fat Amy is unemployed. Itching to perform together for one last hurrah, the girls enter a competition in Europe, where they compete with non-acapella groups for the chance to open for DJ Khaled, a popular musician, on his upcoming tour.

Fat Amy is still hilarious, and the songs were super upbeat. I especially liked listening to and singing along to several songs, like Britney Spears’ “Toxic” or Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” but the entire soundtrack was brilliant.

I also liked watching the friendship between the Bellas remain strong—they’re all so loyal to each other that I wanted to be friends with them! When Beca is supposed to sing alone on stage after winning an award, for example, she doesn’t want to be alone, so she invites the Bellas to sing with her for their final performance together. Sure, the moment may be a little cliché, but I thought it was cute.

However, I was disappointed when several characters from the earlier movies didn’t return. I don’t know about you, but I was curious about how Beca’s relationship with Jesse, her long-term boyfriend, would pan out. To my dismay, Jesse does not appear in the movie once—instead, Beca mentions in passing that the two have broken up. What?! They were so adorable together!

I also missed Bumper and Benji, the two members of the rival acapella group, the Treblemakers. The pair added bits of humor to the previous movies, and they were good singers. Jesse was also a Treblemaker, so without those three characters, the group—and with it, the rivalry between them and the Bellas—doesn’t exist.

Fat Amy’s dad is also brought in as a villain, a development I found unnecessary and ill-fitting for the story. The Pitch Perfect movies are always so cheerful and lighthearted, so having a villain trying to kidnap the Bellas to get money falls out of place.

For the most part, though, Pitch Perfect 3 is entertaining. If you are energetic and spunky and have any time between studying for tests or doing homework, Pitch Perfect 3 is a good option. However, if you’re a big Pitch Perfect fan like me, you will probably still think the first movie is the best.

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