Pitch Perfect 3 is a music comedy film which follows our favourite Barden Bellas; Beca, Fat Amy, Chloe and Aubrey played by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Anna Camp. Struggling with their lives after finishing college and winning the world championships, the girls all reunite and decide to go on tour together one last time for the troops.
While Pitch Perfect 3 is an improvement on the second installment with the same humour of the beloved first film, it really feels like the Pitch Perfect franchise has been stretched as far as it can go. Despite my fondness, it is probably a good thing that Pitch Perfect 3 is final film in the acapella trilogy.
There are moments in the film that I really enjoyed, specifically when Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy was literally kicking ass. Every time Fat Amy was on screen, she would steal the show and I would be in stitches. Her story arc however seemed quite forced, and I found John Lithgow’s terrible Aussie accent extremely uncomfortable. This is not only because am I Australian, but I know a bad accent when I hear one. Anna Camp’s character Aubrey also had a weak story arc which I felt wasn’t as fleshed out as I would like to have seen.
Despite the above, I really enjoyed Brittany Snow’s character Chloe having her own love interest. It was nice to see her character develop away from needing the rest of the girls, even though this development was only in baby steps. The same could be said for Beca’s story arc as she learns to stand on her own two feet.
The best songs in the film were the Barden Bellas doing a rendition of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and the uplifting cover of George Michael’s “Freedom”. This cover reminded me of the world’s loss of this great music legend. I kept thinking that if he were still alive and saw this rendition, he would have been proud.
Pitch Perfect 3 has a resounding theme of companionship, love, support and family. It is fun and ridiculous with the same soul that we fell in love with from the first film. If you have been a fan of the previous films, I highly recommend a viewing of this final number. If you’re looking for an award-winning plot and acting, you won’t find it here. The Pitch Perfect franchise has always been about music and fun. Despite all the flaws that Pitch Perfect 3 does have, I still left the cinema satisfied and smiling.