By Cynthia Ayala
“Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.” —IMDB
Fun and outrageously funny, Pitch Perfect 3, while not exactly necessary to the franchise, the film shows the girls in their lives after college and how it is not all that glamorous, how their dreams somehow got skewed and how they all feel so powerless in their lives after school, which is entirely realistic. It is rare that someone gets their dream job after college, but it happens, for these girls, they all thought they were flying high into great futures, and yet nothing went as planned. However, that is how life happens; it is unpredictable. Moreover, that was the most realistic part of the film.
The film starts off with this fantastic performance followed quickly but and equally outrageous explosion on a yacht. Right from the beginning, no one knows what’s going on in the film, and it creates a laugh out loud moment of uncertainty as to what direction this movie is going. One cannot figure out if the movie is going to be outrageously stupid and nonsensical or if the plot is going to go in a fresh direction. It is a wait and sees kind of movie.
The bright side of the film, as outrageous as it is, it does give focus to the characters and their dreams, who they are outside of being the Bella’s. The movie, on a superficial level, looks like it is just another film about the Bella’s proving themselves in yet another competition. This is a storyline audience have already seen twice. However, this time the girls are traveling the world to sing for the troops. Of course, they only go to flashy places, but the movie focuses on the characters and growing them out one final time. They are not college kids anymore, but they are still trying to find the glamour in their lives and dreams. It is not easy by any means, and as stressful as it is, the result can be fun.
So the film has a level of depth to it, as small as it may be, that gives focus to the characters. Admittedly this movie is a far stretch from where this franchise started, far from the realistic grounding film that started all this relying on comedy to keep the audience entertained, but it is still a fun movie. It is funny and evolves the characters just enough to make the film more than just a cheap comedic musical. It has charming moments, outrageous moments, and hilarious laugh out loud moments, all of which h make the film enjoyable….even if it was not necessary.
Directed by Trish Sie
Story by Kay Cannon
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Alexis Knapp, John Michael Higgins & Elizabeth Banks
Distributed by Universal Pictures