I managed to “drag” a friend along to see Pitch Perfect over the weekend – thought it might be one more for the Glee crowd but the a capella “No Diggity” cover slipped into the trailer sold me on at least giving it a fair shot.
The best words I can think of to sum it up in a comparison is “Bring It On with singing (instead of cheerleading)”.
It seemed to be proud in its kitsch and cheesy clichés, with several self-deprecating acknowledgements of the “boy meets girl, boy almost loses girl, boy eventually gets girl” storyline – I can’t apologise for a spoiler here as there was possibly, possibly, about one minute of film during which I thought it might not happen until business was resumed as usual. Not a spoiler.
But it’s funny, it’s sweet, and it doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t – plus, the soundtrack is GREAT.
What I loved about it most is that it managed to blend mainstream, commercial chart music (still not 100% sure if the “You know David Guetta?” question was meant to be ironic…) – “Price Tag” – Jessie J, “Party In The USA” – Miley Cyrus – with guilty pleasures – “Eternal Flame” – The Bangles, “It Must Have Been Love” – Roxette – nostalgia – “Mickey” – Tony Basil, “Don’t You Forget About Me” – Simple Minds – and contemporary indie. There’s even some Ace of Base.
There are two tracks from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack I’m undecided over posting – so you’re getting them both.
The first one was playing in the campus radio station near the start of the film, and it’s a track that doesn’t seem to be on the It’s Too Late EP released by the band in 2012 – it’s called “Keep You” and it’s from Natalie & Elliot Bergman, a.k.a. Wild Belle:
The second track is here because I wasn’t expecting it AT ALL. Anna Kendrick sings it at her audition for the Bellas and it actually made me sit up in my seat because the first time I saw it performed was at a little bandstand in Islington in front of about 50 people, cups and all:
Anyway – if you’re a fan of Glee, or X Factor, or BGT (AGT?) or anything like that, I’d recommend you see it – if not, but you are a music fan… love it or hate it, you’ll hopefully at least appreciate some of the music choices. Soundtrack?
For me, it’s a decent enough take on the college comedy flick, but it’s the soundtrack that makes it.