I always love a comedy that makes you say “that’s too real”. Pitch Perfect was fun – it had good laughs, lovable characters, and it brought to light one of the most under-appreciated forms of music ever. Pitch Perfect 2 delivers with unexpected novelty, and with even bolder jokes.
“You do realize this sets women back about 30 years.”
The script for the movie was unapologetic and it was wonderful. There were so many instances where I wanted to snap approvingly at the hearty helping of sass that the movie was throwing. It was humor with a point, which is not what I would have expected from a light-hearted, mass-distributed film like this one.
The characters are even more real and fleshed out than the first time, each with distinct personalities and who bring something unique to the table. I feel like I’m watching real women like myself, as opposed to a basic trope that is a highlight reel of all the things I “should” be. Fat Amy, in all her glory, is a hurricane of self-confidence. Beca struggles with reconciling obligations to the group and her future after college. (GASP! A woman focusing on her career? Unheard of!) Chloe struggles with letting go and moving on. The problems are diverse and complex and beautifully depicted in under two hours.
But hands-down my favorite aspect of the entire film was Beca’s relationship with Jesse. It was one of the best, most realistic (and most comforting) depictions of an actual relationship that I’ve seen in a movie for teenagers possibly ever. Here’s the thing: there wasn’t any conflict between them. They were just really loving and supportive of each other. They had fun. They were honest with each other. And while all relationships naturally have conflict, it was really nice to finally see a movie that didn’t focus on that aspect. There were so many other problems that the characters were facing, throwing a wedge between Jesse and Beca would have felt like it normally does when writers do this: forced, unnecessary, and unoriginal. Seeing them together happily and healthily gives me hope for a generation of films where we can have female leads without focusing on their love lives.
While I will say that this is the second time I have felt like the final battle should actually have been won by the other team, (Das Sound Machine had such good song selections!) the ending was heart-felt and feel-good. I left the theater just a tiny bit weepy-eyed and really happy.
I highly recommend this film to anyone who likes music, comedy, or accurate portrayals of women. I may even see it again.