I wasn’t sure about this movie when I first heard about it. But I always get a little hesitant about movies that have a lot of music/singing in them. There are so many things that could go wrong. Still, I end up enjoying most of them when I finally get around to seeing them, and this was no exception.
The movie primarily focuses on Beca (the wonderful, beautiful and talented Anna Kendrick) and an a cappella group she joins during her freshie year at college. Beca is a little bit of a rebel. Way into music, she wants to do remixes and DJ and be a producer or something, but her dad, a professor at the college, wants her to stay and enjoy college since she’s getting it for free, and he doesn’t want her to move to LA and leave him alone.
They compromise, Beca really tries to enjoy college for one year, and if she still hates it, dad will help her move to LA after year one.
Pretty sweet deal, no?
Beca ends up in the a cappella group purely by chance. She sings in the shower and one of the other girls (Brittany Snow) hears her and insists she come to auditions. And the rest is history.
I can’t imagine being in an all-girl group like that. I’ve always been more comfortable hanging around guys, and too many girls in one room=drama, estrogen overdose, and possible psychosis. Beca is the same way, a girl who never had that many female friends, but she does make a go for it, and she’s a real value to the group, vocal stylings aside. The only problem is Aubrey, the uptight, stick-to-traditions, bitchy overlord(lady) of the group who doesn’t want to change their routines even though it almost certainly means the difference between winning the a cappella competition and going home empty-handed, again.
The other obstacle is another a cappella group at the same college, the Treble-makers (Get it? :D) who always kill it at the competition. Predictably, the guy that Beca likes (which she’d never admit to) joins the Trebles, and the girl group she’s in forbids them from dating anyone in the Trebles. It works out in the end, of course, but it’s sort of a sweet story up til then.
FINALLY: The Music
The music is fucking awesome. It’s all a cappella, and it’s a great mix of classics and modern beats, rap to dance to pop to R&B. PLUS, it’s all extremely fun to sing along with. It’s not a musical in the Grease/Chicago/Blue Pacific kind of way, and people don’t randomly burst into original song, but that’s a good thing. It’s more realistic that way, but still has plenty of fun music to hear and sing with.
As an added bonus, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins play the commentators at the competitions and their ridiculous banter is worth watching in and of itself.
If you see this movie and you don’t love it, there’s something wrong with you. It’s sweet, funny, and ridiculously entertaining. Yeah, it borders on chick-flick territory at times, but the music should more than make up for that.
No, I didn’t forget about Fat Amy, but I didn’t want to focus on her because while she’s an awesome comic relief (not that the movie needs it), there’s more to the movie than Rebel Wilson’s antics. Though her lead on “Turn the Beat Around” cracks me up, every single effing time.
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