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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Pitch Perfect (2012)

I decided to watch Pitch Perfect only because the sequel releases tomorrow.  Surprisingly – pleasantly at that – I didn’t regret it.  I tread with caution but within a few minutes I was hooked.  It is probably the only movie to date (I haven’t seen the sequel yet) that is centered on the acapella scene in the United States – at least it is the only one that I have seen to date.

Pitch Perfect is actually based on a non-fiction piece of work titled - Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin.  Now that gives enough reason to research further (makes a mental note to find out fictional movies that are based on non-fictional writing).  There is actually a competition called ICCA – International Championship of College A Cappella.

Set in the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, it begins with Beca (Anna Kendrick) who wants to be anywhere but Barden University.  The only reason she is there is coz her father is faculty and tuition is waived off.  She would much rather be in LA, creating music. Because that’s what she wants to be some day – a music producer. She also creates mixes and DJs on the side – and she is pretty good at it.

The routine college drafts begin and Beca finds herself at the college radio station but after Chloe (Brittany Snow), without clothes on, convinces her, she decides to take a shot at the auditions for the Barden Bellas – the all-girls acapella group on campus.  BBs are at loggerheads with the Treble Makers to the extent that their pledge includes never to sleep with one.  The TMs are the only ones standing between BBs are greatness.

Pitch Perfect is peppered with some great acapella music.  And great would actually be an understatement.  Homages to the Breakfast Club soundtrack kept aside, it introduces you to a genre of music that is simblee sensational.  Not my first experience with this form of remixed acapella but I enjoyed every bit of it (look for VA - Ultimate Pitch Perfect (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2015) (320) – CD) on

What makes PP even better is the casting.  While the actors have also tried their hand at singing, it is the fact that each one is as Perfect as it could have been – so kudos to the casting team.  The stage performances are mighty cool.  In fact, except for some cheesy dialogue and the scenes that involve disgusting puke, there is nothing too wrong with the movie.  Download at for this 7 on 10.

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