Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow

Directed by: Trish Sie

Three years after the Bellas won the world championships they reunite for one final time and travel overseas to take part in a competition at an overseas USO tour.

I really enjoyed the first Pitch Perfect movie and while the second instalment wasn’t as good it was still pretty decent but I could see that the charm and magic produced in the first movie was slipping away. I was hoping that in the third and presumably final movie, although who knows in the world of Hollywood, that they would be able to rekindle some of the brilliance that made the first movie so enjoyable. However Pitch Perfect 3 could easily go the other way and continue the trend of these movies getting worse.

Unfortunately, it was the latter and Pitch Perfect 3 managed to be a largely mediocre movie which was such a shame as I really wanted to like it. There were obviously some funny laugh out loud moments at some points throughout the movie but most of the comedy felt rehashed from previous movies and the characters seemed to have got less interesting as the movies have progressed. New characters were introduced but unfortunately I didn’t really care much for any of them which again is a shame as I really wanted to like John Lithgow as he played Amy’s dad but couldn’t fully enjoy his performance due to the overall disappointed feeling I had from this movie.

Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins again return to commentate on the Bella’s career and while their role was much smaller than previous movies they were still my favourite part. While all the other characters have become a little stale and less interesting, Gail and John have been able to stay fresh and witty and they have by far been my favourite characters throughout the trilogy. While the writers tried to give Pitch Perfect 3 something different, they went a little too far away from focusing on the music as this movie turned almost into an action movie at the end and all that was needed was to focus on the music and although it would’ve probably been too similar to its predecessors, it would’ve made for a much more enjoyable movie that made more sense.

Overall, Pitch Perfect 3 was the disappointing ending that I had expected which is a shame as the trilogy deserved to end on a much higher note.

5/10

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