Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

Synopsis: Struggling with life after college, the Bellas decide to join a USO tour in Europe. In addition to providing entertainment for military troops, the tour is also a competition and the winner will work for  DJ Khaled. However, their competition is able to use musical instruments. Meanwhile, Fat Amy is reunited with her estranged father, a criminal who may have an ulterior motive for tracking her down.

Who's in it? The movie stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and John Lithgow.


Review: When we got this film through Netflix over our three-day weekend, I wasn't really sure what to expect from it. I didn't hate the first sequel, but I also thought the original film was significantly better. As a result, I had some serious doubts about the third installment of this movie series. My wife and I watched it last night, however, and it turned out to be much better than I was expecting.

I had two major complaints about this movie. The first is they don't sing nearly as much as they do in the other films. The second is the film (much like the first sequel) spends a bit too much time focusing on Beca (Kendrick) and Fat Amy (Wilson) and reduces the remaining Bellas to secondary background characters. Yet, despite this, the film managed to be entertaining.

A large part of the reason for this, in my opinion at least, is the film wasn't as predictable as it had the potential to be. While they managed to win fans, winning the competition singing other peoples' songs seemed very unlikely and, because of that, I wasn't sure if they would find a way to pull off a miracle or would ultimately be forced to go their separate ways. And, their future became even more cloudy when DJ Khaled (as himself) revealed he was only interested in Beca and not the rest of the group.

The side story involving Amy and her estranged father (Lithgow) was also much better than I was expecting. At first, at least based on the film's introduction, I thought this would be a bit too far fetched. But, it would up being one of the funnier parts of the movie and made it a bit more memorable.

Final Opinion: The first film was still the best. But, this movie turned out to be fun to watch and brought a nice (if not emotional) close to the trilogy. I would recommend taking the time to watch it.

My Grade: B

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