Warning 1: Anyone who’s seen 'Sex and the City 2' might get a tingling sensation of déjà-vu here, seeing familiar characters in an exotic location meet attractive men and do a bunch of outlandish things for no apparent reason.
Warning 2: Anyone who’s seen any instalment of 'The Hangover' franchise may also suffer from déjà-vu as the opening sequence showcases the Bellas singing Britney to a bunch of thugs on a yacht off the French Riviera, until Fat Amy attacks said thugs and burns down the yacht. We then skip to 3 weeks earlier…
On the plus side, in spite of having completely forgotten 'Pitch Perfect' and not having seen its sequel at all, I was able to catch up and follow 'Pitch Perfect 3' from the get go. Another plus was seeing the 12 year old girls who had been watching it as well step out of the movie theatre with delighted grins and joyful energy. Their parents were grinning too, by the way.
But let’s go back a bit: thanks to Aubrey’s dad being a big shot in the military, the a cappella group begins their USO tour...to find out there’s a contest? Does this exist? I didn’t fact check, so maybe the USO has such a contest. Heck, with the current POTUS being a former reality TV contest and pageant judge, the US military might have started its own X Factor. Fine, we’ll accept this. If Aubrey’s father helped her get the gig though, it’s hard to believe he’s never heard her sing. As a high ranking officer, would he really push an unskilled group forward? Again, if we base our reality for the film in POTUS 45 America and we have seen Betsy Devos’ congressional hearing, we might accept this too.
But Aubrey’s daddy issues becoming one of the subplots makes very little sense. And it loads the story with unnecessary cheese, especially because daddy issues are already a prominent part of the story. The yacht showcased in the opening sequence belongs to Fat Amy’s crooked Australian father (John Lithgow) who randomly shows up, pretends to want to make amends with his beloved daughter, but later shows his true colours.
Instead of packing the script with so many things and all much to superficially, the film might have benefitted with more focus and depth (yes, it’s a light comedy, but light comedies need depth too). For example, Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) aka Bella’s latest addition, is a songwriter. Yet except for a few platitudes, nothing is made of this. If DJ Khaled is to sign Beca as a rising star and if the Bellas are to clearly surpass their opponents, didn’t the finale scream for a Golden Globe worthy original song instead of a George Michael cover? And wasn’t there more to show about Aubrey’s hidden fear or singing and the place it had with each and everyone of them? And how on earth can they do all those numbers with absolutely no notice and no rehearsals to show for it? Maybe a rehearsal would have been a better moment to break the news of Chloe getting into Vet school, instead of wrapping up everyone’s story rushedly at the very end.
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