Pitch Perfect 3 review by Bobby Blakey
When Pitch Perfect debuted in 2012 it became a surprise hit that no one would have ever thought would have launched a a franchise, but it did just that. The 2015 follow up aptly titled Pitch Perfect 2 that clearly did well enough to warrant yet another entry into the life of the Bellas with Pitch Perfect 3. This advertised final entry stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfeld, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgens, Matt Lanter and Ruby Rose, but does it offer up more of the same musical fun or it is completely off key?
Pitch Perfect 3 follows the Bellas who have now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, but after the highs of winning the World Championships, they find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time. I surprisingly really enjoyed the first film, but felt the second film was pretty hit and miss. This latest entry looked to change up the story of the Bella’s by taking them away from the usual competition, but doesn’t do anything to help make this film work.
This time around the majority of the comedy just felt forced and more often than not was just not funny. Sure there are some funny moments from time to time mostly thanks to Higgins and Banks with some great Wilson lines squeaking in, but as a whole just failed to work. There was a good story here in regards to the Bellas coming back together for a final performance and would have been perfect to wrap up the series on a high note, but they infused it with so much nonsense including a hostage situation, crime bosses, and so many more silly aspects that it felt more like a knock off to the original series.
The final performance and a moment at the ending felt like the original film and ends the film on a high note and great cap to the series, but it struggles so much to get there most will likely not care. For a film that usually hits all the high notes this one is way out of tune throughout.
Decide for yourself and grab your copy of Pitch Perfect 3 available now on Digital HD, 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.