Film Review Outline
Name: John Carlo V. Balmes
Film Title: Pitch Perfect
Adapted From: Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkins Release Date: September 28, 2012
Director: Jason Moore
Genre(s): Musical, Comedy
Setting: Barden University
Lead Actor(s): Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp Main Characters and their Attributes:
* Becca Mitchell – A musically-inclined reclusive girl who wants to pursue a music career, she joins the Bellas to please her father and finds herself being caught up in their world. * Jesse Swanson – A member of the Treblemakers who has a crush on Beca. * Fat Amy - A comedic and irresponsible member of the Bellas from Tasmania. * Aubrey Posen - One of the co-leaders of the Bellas who is uptight and a traditionalist. When she vomited during a performance, she ruined the Bellas' chance at winning nationals the previous year.
Riding the slipstream of Glee, this musical campus comedy gets by on some killer lines and a hefty dose of charm. The music I could take or leave, though there's no denying the vigour of its performance. \ Guilty pleasure of the week is Pitch Perfect. This is a cheerful romp with silly dance routines directed by Jason Moore (Avenue Q) about the U.S. college craze for acappella singing. It’s like a superior, wittier double-episode of Glee.
Anna Kendrick reveals a pleasant singing voice as an aspiring record producer who tries to bring an all-female singing group into the 21st century. The competitions come with commentary by John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks, a hilarious double-act reminiscent of the canine pundits on Best In Show. The plotting is predictable, but many of the numbers are show-stoppers, and several performers — especially Rebel Wilson as a chubby Tasmanian — look like stars of the future. I particularly treasured Ms Wilson’s choice of nickname. ‘You call yourself Fat Amy?’ gasps one of the thin girls. ‘Yeah,’ comes the reply, ‘so twig bitches like you don’t do it behind my back.’ If you fancy a musical comedy that’s lighter than a souffle, put this at the top of your list. Tony-nominated director JASON MOORE (Directed by) is the creative force behind some of Broadway’s biggest hits. Moore previously directed the smash hits Shrek the Musical, for which he earned Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk award nominations; Steel Magnolias; and Avenue Q, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He directed Jerry Springer: The Opera, at Carnegie Hall, and the off-Broadway hits Speech & Debate, Guardians and The Crumple Zone. He is currently working on Tales of the City, with music by the Scissor Sisters, which premiered last year at the American Conservatory Theater and will open off-Broadway in 2014. Moore’s television directing credits include episodes of Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, One Tree Hill and Brothers & Sisters.Moore divides his time between New York and Los Angeles and received a BA in performance studies from Northwestern University. Overall Opinion/Evaluation:
Conflict: At the semifinals, Beca notices how bored the audience is with Aubrey are traditional (but already used arrangement, so she provides impromptu back-up, La Roux's. The Bellas come in third in the competition behind the Treblemakers and the Footnotes. Even though the audience was pleased, Aubrey is not and she yells at Beca, who quits the group.
Resolution: During this time, Beca begins working as a DJ at the university radio station, playing her music on the overnight shift, and also steadily distancing herself from Jesse. She finds a copy of "The Breakfast Club" and watches it. She realizes how much she needs the Bellas in her life. Her father convinces her to rejoin the Bellas, who she finds falling apart. The Bellas, complete once again, have a heart-to-heart and appoint Beca as the leader. During their heart-to-heart talk session, many secrets about the ladies are revealed, such as: -Fat Amy's real name...
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