I went through my watch list on IMDb last night and two films from year 2012 caught my eye. The one I am going to talk about today is Prefect Pitch. This motion picture was directed by Jason Moore, which you probably only heard of him from directing the TV series, Dawson’s Creek, from 2001 until 2002. This is his first feature film and honestly, I think, it is quite mediocre. Do Not let the IMDb rankings fool you – because they are incredibly good, or the cast which at first sight might seem impressive, but it is not.
Our protagonist is a freshman at Barden University, named Beca, starring Anna Kendrick who you might remember from the Twilight saga. Beca is a rebellious young adult, who comes to Barden only because of her controlling father, who is against the only thing she wants, to go off to LA and get a job in the music industry. So daddy makes a deal with her, that if she truly gets involved in college life and by the end of the year she still hates it, then he is going to help her move to LA. Some other incidents happen; one especially involves a shower duet of David Guetta’s – Titanium, which makes Beca decide to become a member of the Barden Bellas. What are the Barden Bellas, one may ask? Well friend, they are a collegiate, all-girls a cappella singing group, stuck on old female pop music. In other words they are a Glee club and believe me when I say this, from this point on, this film is full of Glee. If these characters are not singing, they are either trying to overrule or sabotage each other and of course fixated on some singing competition.
What I did enjoy in this film is the idea of the battle of the sexes. In order to win the a cappella competition, these girls must defeat a rival all- male a cappella group. Put the protagonist’s love interest in the rival group and Boom, you have a contemporary Romeo and Juliet situation. There are elements such as these, that would make this musical comedy as good as it claims to be (another one would be that it is an adaptation of Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction novel, also titled Pitch Perfect), but the mediocre acting, narration and even filming of it, just makes this film a Hollywood mainstream teen comedy – which is making me have flashbacks of Hillary Duff’s films. What is truly well done are the singing scenes. They are well fimled, good choreography and singing, but the songs are as mainstream as this film.
You can make a game out of counting how many sex and misogynist jokes the character s, Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins) make, or how many times you hear, “We play music without any instruments. It’s all from our mouths. “. Still you go through with it all waiting to see one of the teams win aaannnnddd it does not happen. I am not going to ruin the ending for you guys, but if you do decided to watch this film I suggest you do not over think it and just enjoy it as it is.