As much as we loved the first movie for it’s organic ha-ha punches and Anna Kendrick‘s song ‘Cups’, the sequel sadly doesn’t live up to the ‘cappella brilliance that the first movie was. The movie’s opening act gets your hopes up but as you settle in your seats, the bubble bursts and you realize that Bellas have completely lost their zing. There’re scenes that make up for the patchy storyline but all in all it leaves us wanting for more.
After a debacle at national stage, Bellas have the huge task of regaining their reputation by winning the Worlds A Cappella Tournament. They now face a major threat in the form of the robotic, sleek, downright perfect German band Das Sound Machine (DSM). DSM is bigger and stronger but they just couldn’t carry off the meaner well.The filmmakers have tried to use everything that worked in the first movie but only end up doing a short refresher course. There’re scenes like a campus party and a pre-finale riff-off, that happens in a swanky basement, but the scenes don’t pack a punch when it comes to the songs. There’s hardly any mention of Treblemakers and Becca’s (Anna Kendrick) boyfriend, Jesse Swanson (Skylar Astin).
As for the characters, we get to see a guilt-laden Becca sneaking off to internship. Though from time to time she manages to give us a few chuckle-worthy moments when she fumbles in verbal duels with the Teutonic leader Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen), who is her girl-crush! Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) isn’t as much fun as she was in the first film. Though her love song for Bumper Allen (Adam DeVine) does make for a funny scene. Even the a capella competition commentators, Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger (Elizabeth Banks) and John Smith (John Michael Higgins) fail to give us good misogynistic lines! Hailee Steinfeld who plays a legacy, her mother is a former Barden Bella, is cute and funny in a sort of awkward way. Her name is Emily Junk,! (exclamation comma mark) the joke practically writes itself.
The best part however is at the end with all the old Barden Bellas joining in for the finale performance. That makes for a great addition as we get to see the legacies in action. The song, Flashlights which was originally written by Sia and Sam Smith is good. However, the climax itself fails to give us the grand finale feel.
Why should you watch this film? If you are a chick-flick fan and have loved Pitch Perfect and want to keep up with the storyline, you have got to watch this one.