The acapella singing group known as the “Barden Bellas” return for one last hurrah in director Trish Sie’s Pitch Perfect 3, from Universal Pictures & Gold Circle Films.
Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas have all gone on to face the world as grown women. Each of the Bellas seem to have trouble adjusting to adulthood, in particular Becca (Anna Kendrick) who has landed her dream job as a record producer. However, Becca’s employer refuses to listen to her ideas, (no matter how good they may be) which causes Becca to quit her job.
The rest of the Bellas including Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), Aubrey (Anna Camp) and the overly cheerful Chloe reunite (Britany Snow) are all each going through their own troubles. Realizing a much needed break is order, the Bellas decide to reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.
Pitch Perfect 3 by all accords seems like a cash grab sequel and in some regards it is. Kay Cannon who wrote the first two films returns to the script writers chair this time, however there isn’t anywhere else to really go with the characters. Personally I felt that the majority of the character’s arcs were wrapped up in the second film.
What would have been nice to see, was a different take angle where the original Bellas were reduced to a cameo scene. For example, had Pitch Perfect 3 been a spin off focusing on the characters of Bumper (who sadly doesn’t make an appearance) and Amy possibly competing in a reality show competition that would have been something different. The new character’s that are introduced are mostly by the numbers in the roles.
The only real standout being Ruby Rose as Calamity who leads the band Evermoist. John Lithgow as Fat Amy estranged father also gives a by the numbers performance and utilizes a terrible accent. Pitch Perfect 3 isn’t all bad though. John Michael Higgins as John Smith and Elizabeth Banks as Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberg provide their usual hilarious one liners and commentary, while the performances all had me tapping my feet. The film just suffers like most threequels do, from weak storytelling.
If you are a diehard fan of the first two films, I do recommend taking in a matinee of Pitch Perfect 3, everyone else can wait for the home market.
Final Grade: C-