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Pitch Perfect 3 - Film Review

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by Ron Dickman (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published January 9th 2018
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The third and potentially final instalment of the Pitch Perfect franchise sees the graduated Barden Bellas further down the line in their lives as they struggle with the future, jobs and what lies ahead. Most of them nowhere near reaching the pinnacle of how they expected their lives to turn out thus far. While attending a performance by the new Barden girls, who are still in their college heyday, reality hits the girls hard.

When a chance opportunity to perform at the USO comes calling, the retired Bellas seize their moment and reunite once again, to clamber at the nostalgia of their college days and prolong the call of adulthood a little while longer.

Set against stunning European backdrops, including France and Italy, we see the girls compete once again to be the winning group who will get to open for a legendary DJ act at the end of the tour. Up against some very talented competition including Evermoist, featuring Australia's own Ruby Rose, they'll have to work harder than ever to prove they've still got it.

Pairing that with their own individual crises, Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) crossing paths with her long estranged criminal father (played by John Lithgow, whose Australian accent needs some serious work) Aubrey's (Anna Camp) lack of relationship with her never present military father and not to mention Becca (Anna Kendrick), who has just quit her job as an under appreciated music producer and now her employment future (or lack thereof) is up in the air, the girls need each other more than ever to get them through their own personal dramas as well as defeat the rival groups competing for the coveted opening act.

Armed with a bevy of vocal melodies, done in the style only the Bellas can pull off, plus hilarious one-liners from Fat Amy, Pitch Perfect fans will not be disappointed. There were a few times throughout I felt that the plot and story were well beyond stretched but, ultimately, I'm pretty certain we can all attest we're there to witness the foot-tapping ditties and seemingly random riff offs that are magically, perfectly choreographed in the heat of the moment, and not so much there to follow a plausible plot line.

All in all, a good laugh and I definitely enjoyed it.
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