Sunday, 3 May 2015

I've Just Seen: Pitch Perfect (2012)

Pitch Perfect (2012)

Director: Jason Moore
Writer: Kay Cannon
Notable Actors: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, and many others

It is funny watching this after The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. In some respects this is a far more traditional type of musical movie, with characters simply bursting into song at any moment; the plot is also made to work these into the action. Bu because it is about university a cappella groups, this is less surprising than it might be. I found it to be very funny, despite my usual distaste for gross-out comedies (though I am certainly not above bawdy humour). Rebel Wilson was the standout, but all the women held their own. The singing was rousing, from all of the cast, and very impressive considering most are not known for their singing abilities.

It is great to see a film with a diverse cast of women, in both look and character, who are all given the opportunity to be funny. The film doesn't ignore their relationships with the men, but the main conflict at the film's centre is Beca trying to get on with this group of women, confessing near the film's end that she was never one of those girls who had heaps of female friends. Bechdel test well and truly met! I now want to see the sequel, so clearly this was a winner for me.

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