Pitch Perfect 2 continues the story of the Bellas, an a-capella group led by Beca (Anna Kendrick). After embarrassing themselves in front of Barack Obama himself, the Bellas are suspended from school. To redeem themselves and to re-gain the right to perform again (as they were suspended after the incident), the team competes in the world championship. But it's here where they meet their match, forcing them to recruit new member, Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), who's mum was a previous Bella member.
To be honest, I don't mind the first Pitch Perfect movie. While I may not be the target demographic, it was a pretty entertaining movie. It's not one I felt like rewatching and it's not one I have ever rewatched, but for what it was, I liked it. It was decent. When it came to Pitch Perfect 2, there was something about the trailers that just made it appear all too familiar, not to mention somewhat unfunny. I was hesitant going in, but also a bit curious. Curious to see if maybe it had the charm of the first film. Pitch Perfect 2 is yet another example of a film I misjudged too early. This seems to be happening an awful lot lately. Maybe I should just get excited for everything. Or maybe not. After all, I did just watch Fifty Shades of Grey today and no way was I excited for that.
But who do we have to blame for this being a surprisingly successful sequel? Rebel Wilson, that's who. She steals essentially every scene she's in, giving us more Fat Amy lines to quote. She's hysterical, her jokes being the most consistent of the entire cast. Not every one hits as well as she wants them to, but when they do, it's most certainly worthwhile. There's even a scene with her on a boat that may just be the funniest, most fulfilling scene in the whole movie.
While she steals the spotlight, she doesn't hog it. Most of the other cast members have their moments too. Anna Kendrick's character gets the most development, even if some of her character development feels forced at times. Her jokes aren't nearly as funny as Wilson's, but there are some that really work and it's these ones that become a standout. The rest of her screen time is, well, not quite as entertaining, to say the least.
Then there's the supporting cast, and all of them are rather forgettable. If you're not Emily, Fat Amy or Beca then you really don't matter that much, the only possible exception being Brittany Snow's character, but even then she's not used that much. There were even some characters in this movie that I didn't realise were a part of the Bellas until the final performance. They're tossed aside, forgotten about and are there simply to give lines to the main characters.
On top of that, the film itself is one ginormous mess. The plot is all over the place, introducing plot lines that are tossed away just a few scenes later. Even the main storyline gets forgotten at one point, the film completely shifting gears. It becomes over complicated and completely convoluted, and this most definitely should not be the case. It's a Pitch Perfect movie. I don't want to left behind with the story. That's not how this series is meant to work.
To sum up, Pitch Perfect 2 is a complete mess plot-wise and it completely disregards the existence of some characters, but it does have more than a few solid laughs up its sleeve, mostly thanks to Rebel Wilson's charisma and style of humour.