Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Stenfield, Skylar Astin, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Adam DeVine, Alexis Knapp, John Michael Higgins, Ester Dean, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, and Flula Borg
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2848292/
In the sequel to the surprise hit, the Bellas get ready for the World Championship of the Acapellas after being kicked out because of a little wardrobe malfunction during a performance.
Good sequels are hard to come by because they all tend to just do what the first one did and try to up it. Most of the time it’s not successful, but there are times when a sequel is made that is as good as the first one.
This is one of those times.
Let’s go down the check list. Comedy. Check. Music. Check. One liners that you will integrate into your own life. Check. A love story. Check check check (there are three of them in this movie). Touching moments that make you evaluate your own life. Check. A good time that you are going to want to see more then once. Check.
This movie is laugh out loud funny and you are definitely going to want to see it more then once because there is no doubt that you missed something because you were laughing. Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) is still stealing scenes, and the back and forth with Elizabeth Banks (Gail) and John Michael Higgins (John) is always funny, but it’s a whole cast effort. They all have their moments and the cast working together makes some comedy magic.
The movie focuses more on the Bellas and the main singers in the group, Becca (Anna Kendrick), Chloe (Brittany Snow), Fat Amy, and Emily (Hailee Stenfield). Becca, Chloe, and Fat Amy try to adjust to what life is going to be like after college while Emily tries to live up the expectations that she has. We’ve all had that moment where we have to move on from something that we are comfortable with and we don’t know if we will sink or swim.
And the rumors are true. There are a boat load of cameos in this movie. The best cameo would have to be the Green Bay Packers (no spoiler alert, they are in the trailer). The riff off scene is one of the funniest scenes in the movie and you may not look at Clay Matthews the same way again if you are a football fan.
Elizabeth Banks shines in her directorial (full film) debut. If you are a fan of hers, you are going to love this movie. You can feel her presence in the movie, even in the scenes that she is not in. She tells a great story on the screen that you really connect with the movie.
For the music side of, the movie turns more towards the ‘musical’ side. In the first movie, the music portions were generally in as part of the performances, but this movie expands on that notion and becomes a full blown music (which is a-ok with me).
The “Cups” of this movie is titled “Flashlight” and was written by Jesse J. The song fits perfectly with the theme of the movie and is certainly going to find its way up the charts like Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” did. Which by the way, they were able to work this song into the movie. The rendition in the movie is touching and may even bring a tear to your eye.
This movie proves that good sequels can be made. Like the first movie, this movie has re-watch capability and is certainly got the potential for you to be quoting it in your everyday life. Make sure you take your friends to see this movie. You won’t regret it.
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