'Aca-Amazing' 2: the pitches of a cappella are back!

Allison Cook and Kaylyn Sweitzer, Assistant Editor in Chief and Reporter

 

They’ve won the nation over — three times  — now they are taking on the world! The famous Barden Bellas of the popular movie “Pitch Perfect” come back in a brilliant sequel. The pitches of a cappella are back, and they’re bigger than ever. With new music, laughs and romance, this sequel will capture everyone’s attention. 

Since the first ‘perfect’ movie, the Barden Bellas have become one of the stars of campus as well as loved by most. Of course, with great popularity comes great conflict. Throughout the first half of the movie, the Bellas are faced with many roadblocks in pleasing their fans and finding their once perfect pitch

Senior Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick) leads the group of both old and new faces in this aca-awesome movie. The returning Bellas include seniors Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), Stacie (Alexis Knapp), Lilly (Hana Mae Lee), Cynthia Rose (Ester Dean), Ashley (Shelley Regner), Jessica (Kelley Jakle) and, surprisingly, Chloe (Brittany Snow). There were two new faces, including senior Flo (Chrissie Fit), who was a comic relief to the mayhem, and freshman Emily (Hailee Steinfeld). 

Emily is the only new recruit for the Bellas due to an unfortunate suspension for which we can thank Fat Amy, who shows us a bit more than we need to see (oops). While Emily plays a key role in helping the Bellas reunite with her talent in writing music, she is not developed very well. Her character comes off as childish, as if she is too young and immature to even be in college. Luckily, by the end, Emily’s newfound relationship with Beca wins the hearts of fans both in and out of the movie.

Unlike the first movie, the competition is no longer between Bellas and Trebles. The Bellas now face German a cappella champions Das Sound Machine (DSM). Beca’s odd fascination with lead female DSM singer Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) wasn’t necessary, but the clashing sound waves between the two groups are unbelievable.

Another fun and more friendly competition happens between the Bellas, the TrebleMakers, DSM and two other groups: a small team of Green Packers (Clay Matthews, David Bakhtiari, Don Barclay, John Sitton, T.J. Lang and Jordan Rodgers) and Bumper’s (Adam DeVine) new crew, the Tone Hangers.

Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins) continue their hilarious and somewhat disturbing commentary. Banks really carries the movie. Even in dull, slow moments, she manages to always pull through with a classic Gail line. Banks really is a force to be reckoned with.

While this comedy and music-filled movie is rated PG-13 for innuendo and language, it’s packed with little surprises and cute moments. The soundtrack for the movie was also just released on iTunes and has already hit No. 1 on their charts for albums. Sure, there were a few unnecessary ideas that the writers could have either done without or better with, but it’s one of those movies you just have to see! We guarantee that you will leave the theater feeling aca-awesome!

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2015-05-19 08:39:56

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