As the apparent final film in the highly successful Pitch Perfect franchise, Pitch Perfect 3 is a bittersweet story that embodies the continuous themes of friendship and ambition, whilst giving the acclaimed trilogy the ending it deserves.
The highly anticipated third chapter reunites us with its impressive and contagious acapella rendition of songs, ranging from pop hits such as Toxic (Britney Spears) and Cheap Thrills (Sia) to more well known classics such as Freedom (George Michael) and Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz) alongside the predictable and recognisable chaos that ensues throughout the preceding films, all whilst upholding the franchise’s renowned witty yet endearing tone.
Set 3 years after the events of the previous film, the story follows the once world champion female acapella group, the ‘Bellas’ as they attempt to navigate their lives in the real world following graduation. When a sudden opportunity of a reunion arrises in the form of a USO tour, the group, fronted by Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick), reunite for one last time to showcase a number of intricately choreographed musical numbers in the hopes of giving their highly accomplished and adored group the finale it deserves.
The film is carried by the collective performances of the notable all female group, reprising their individual roles as their distinguishable and respective characters that audiences have come to cherish. Kendrick delivers a prominent performance reprising her role of Beca, contributing to many of the films most emotive and responsive scenes. Joined by the once controlling yet compassionate Aubrey (Anna Camp) and affectionate Chloe (Brittany Snow) along with the remaining members of the group.
The pace of the film is consistent throughout, moving from scene to scene with a persistent contrast of sentimental dialogue and memorable one-liners, ensuring the sarcastic and clever humour that the franchise has become recognised for is also present and constant in this specific instalment, with many of the sharp remarks being delivered by the unforgettable Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), upholding her reputation of providing the story with its most quotable lines.
Primarily set in Spain, the film features a variety of locations including Italy and America, which creates an international atmosphere throughout the duration of the piece and helps to highlight the metaphorical and literal journey of the films protagonists. Alongside an extensive range of effective camera shots and angles, investment in the film is easily sustainable.
Whilst the main outline of the trilogy, and this chapter in particular, may appear to be about acapella on the outside, this film explores various themes such as friendship and female empowerment, of which could not be more relevant in todays society and current culture. For a film that promotes valuable and important messages, as well as providing you with 90 minutes of amusing escapism, this film is definitely a fitting ending to the reputable franchise.
Pitch Perfect 3 hits all the right notes.
By Lauren Macaree
(All images courtesy of Universal Pictures)