In a nutshell, the first movie revolutionised and bought some much needed zing to traditional a Capella singing by showcasing an all-girl a Capella group from college who go on to win competitions and connect with audiences. The second movie was essentially about the onward journey of the Bellas winning back their pride. The third and final chapter is a sort of graduation of the Bellas as they reunite after going out in the real world where their jobs don’t quite seem to be working out, and realise what they’ve been missing.
In Pitch Perfect 3, director Trish Sie has made an effort to explore the other characters of the a Capella group other than Becca (Anna Kendrick), Amy (Rebel Wilson) and Chloe (Brittany Snow). As always, there is a musical competition that the Bellas participate in and eventually are seen winning. The Bellas exhibit their skills ever so gracefully right from the start with their own rendition of Sia’s Cheap Thrills up until the very end when they perform George Michael’s Freedom.
At the start of the movie we see most of the Bellas disillusioned with their jobs and struggling to be happy in their lives. The central character Becca is seen leaving her job of being a record producer after an eccentric rapper causes trouble for her. Amy, who is trying to get her ‘Fat Amy Whinehouse’ one-woman show working is also unhappy and soon after we learn of her estranged relationship with her criminal father played by John Lithgow.
The movie is entertaining with its musical renditions and dance routines and also has popular musician DJ Khalid in the mix. If that wasn’t enough, there is also a documentary crew following the Bellas around that adds to the mayhem. The Bellas get a USO army invite to perform on a European tour where there might not seem to be the best acts around but make it in towards the end.
All in all, Pitch Perfect 3 is the theatrical entertainer that has all the right ingredients to make for a good time at the movies.