Musically entertaining

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By 2018-01-21

By Nirupa Mohan
Ceylon Today Features

The Bellas take centre stage in their newest sequel, Pitch Perfect 3, the final film in the trilogy. The comedy musical picks up where 2015's Pitch Perfect 2 left off, once again starring Anna Kendrick as Beca, Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, Hailee Steinfeld as Emily and their entire crew of likeable characters. They reunite once again, assuming they were invited to perform, only to be disappointed standing among the audience, three years after each of them went off to follow their career prospects.

The Bellas who once left on a high note, after winning the world championships, seem to have stumbled in their personal lives. But now with an overseas USO tour on the cards, the Bellas might just have the chance to take on one last competition, and challenge themselves to be better and be more competitive than before.

This is a fun movie that pokes fun at the girls failing in their individual lives, but turns it into an opportunity to learn to work together once more and perform. The film is purely entertaining and is filled with charisma and energy from start to finish, while being a collage of quick humour, comedy and drama, with a sense of entertaining action. But most importantly it's all about music, dance and vocals. This time round, it's about doing one last show together, in Spain, it's almost like a farewell season but with three talented bands on the tour as competition, with one of the individuals or bands, having the opportunity to be signed on with a record label. The movie is about being a part of a group, emphasizing on teamwork and standing together, through thick and thin – with random riff-offs in the mix – in a place where everyone is better at the one thing they do, vocals.

John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks reprise their roles as John Smith and Gail-Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger, a cappella commentators, follow the Bellas around, as they are now working on making an insulting documentary on the girls.
Meanwhile, there is an additional sub-plot with John Lithgow, as he stars as Fergus Hobart, Fat Amy's father, who found her after years, but only for his own criminal motives. This sub plot adds the much needed action drama element with a bit of mystery.
The 93 minute film by director Trish Sie, together with producers Paul Brooks, Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks, in collaboration with Brownstone Productions and Gold Circle Films, made with a budget of 45 million dollars, managed to once again prove to be a financial success, raking in over 141 million at the worldwide box office.

Rated 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, 6.3/10 on IMDb, 2/5 on Common Sense Media and 2/5 on Empire, this is a film that's enjoyable, but is almost completely predictable, if you've seen the two previous films in the series. However it does manages to offer better choreography and charismatic drama, that's both fun and entertaining to watch.

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