A freelance writer and editor living in Melbourne, I'm an avid fan of film, television and literature.
Published January 7th 2013
Time to be pitch slapped
Pitch Perfect is a good old-fashioned piece of girly fluff – with a twist. What makes it more than your average piece of fluff is the sharp writing, the scene stealing performances and the musical numbers that will make you want to boogie in your chair. Although Pitch Perfect is predictable, it has a certain off-beat charm and cynicism that prevents it from being boring.
Pitch Perfect follows aspiring music producer/DJ Beca (Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air, The Twilight Saga). Reluctantly starting her freshman year at Barden College, Beca is cajoled into joining The Bellas, the college's all-girl singing group, and helps them to modernise their routine to take on their male rivals in a singing competition. Along the way Beca finds love with rival singer Jesse (Skylar Astin) and finds true friendship with her band of merry misfits.
Anna Kendrick holds the film together, and it's nice to see her play a part that is not perky and chippy. And although she is great as Beca, Pitch Perfect is a true ensemble comedy, with each actor somehow stealing scenes from each other. Rebel Wilson's Fat Amy – who named herself Fat Amy so twig bitches won't call her fat behind her back – lives up to the comedic promise she showed in Bridesmaids. Anna Camp (The Help, The Mindy Project) and Brittany Snow (Hairspray, John Tucker Must Die) do a great job as the Valley Girls who take the competition too seriously, and Skylar Astin is great as a very likeable male lead.
Pitch Perfect is not perfect; some story lines, such as a suggested love triangle, are introduced and then dropped. It is however, a hugely enjoyable film that will leave you wanting to sing and dance and make you believe in the healing power of song.