348. Pitch Perfect

Background info

Title: Pitch Perfect
Director: Jason Moore
Year: 2012
Run time: 1hr 52m

“Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella. This could wind up either the coolest thing they’ll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both.”

Live blog

0:40 – A cappella Universal ident? I’ll take it!
4::37 – I think they were trying to say that song was old and boring, but I love it. Ace of Base!
7:19 – “Just tell me where you’re at with English.”
10:06 – There are rock stars of a cappella? Who knew there were levels?
14:37 – “On purpose?” is such a great response!
19:13 – The roommate is awesome. She’s said maybe four words so far.
23:04 – Amusing. It’s not Glee, Glee is high school. “This is real life.”
28:50 – I always wonder about scenes with hundreds of candles. That must take ages to set up.
29:59 – “I’m not drunk at all, you’re just blurry.”
36:14 – Horizontal running!
43:45 – How have I never heard the German father thing before??
48:30 – Brilliant. Love No Diggity.
54:33 – My favourite keeps changing, but I always end up on Fat Amy.
56:38 – “It’s refreshing, yet displeasing to the eye.”
1:01:43 – All the signs are pointing to the magician going rogue soon.
1:08:52 – “I’m gonna finish him like a cheesecake.”
1:11:03 – They’re like The Smurfs but putting A-ca in front of everything instead.
1:14:21 – Live mashup!
1:18:55 – I so relate to her reaction to crying at the end of the film.
1:24;44 – How many shots did that take? You can’t control doves!
1:40:32 – He was bored by Jessie J but Simple Minds gets his ear.
1:44:37 – Belly roll!

Conclusions

For some reason, I was judgemental of this, even though I like music stuff. I was a fan of Glee when it first started, and this is essentially the exact same thing. Anyway, it was perfect for an end-of-week exhausted viewing – something we’re finding we need more and more at the moment!

It was so much better than I thought it was going to be! Funny in all the right places and cultural references galore. The music was a bit saccharine in places, but it had some excellent mashups and songs that got us talking. I was surprised that the big Cups song was actually just a tiny scene in the film, but it just made me want to learn how to do it. So, really enjoyed it, very entertaining and likely to stand up to several rewatches as well.

Rating: 5/5


Be Kind, Rewind – Mar 2017

Will “likely stand up to several rewatches” I said first time round, before embarking on many, many viewings and plenty of hours listening to the soundtrack. I’m not sure why I thought the music was saccharine, the more I listen, the more I appreciate the way the mixing is done and how the songs intertwine with each other. That’s probably got more to do with my listening to more music these days anyway, though, so that my knowledge is increasing.

I’ve also realised that every time I watch the film, I’m picking up new bits and pieces – usually the barely audible quips Lilly makes, but also things like Benji spotting the bag (I knew he saved the day, but didn’t realise how)! Love a film that offers up more each time you watch it.

And it’s such a great feel-good movie overall. On the most recent viewing I was only left with one nagging doubt. Why does Jesse make her watch the end of The Breakfast Club before the beginning? If he’s trying to convince her to watch movies, then spoiling the movie before it even starts seems like an odd way to go about it.

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