Beca (Anna Kendrick) has begrudgingly started at university - what she really wants is to move to LA and become a music producer, but parental pressure means she has to at least give a uni education a chance. Struggling to fit in and meet friends, she is eventually convinced to join one of the campus' four a capella teams, the Barden Bellas.
At times, Pitch Perfect feels like a checklist of comedy cliches - gross out humour is catered for, we have the underdogs finally becoming triumphant, we have the bitches, the jocks and the nerds - the list goes on; so it's with some surprise that the film succeeds despite offering little that is new.
Rebel Wilson marks herself out as a comedy star of the future with her largely improvised scenes continuing her good work from the likes of Bridesmaids. However it is Anna Kendrick who really shines here; already recognised as an accomplished actress she puts in a performance leagues ahead of the material and showcases not only her talents in acting but also as a singer. The audition piece she uses in the film is the exact same thing that got her the role and it's easy to see why. She's likable and just quirky enough to be convincing in her casting.
Jason Moore's Broadway background is clearly evident in the film's musical roots and his direction of the ensemble cast ensures that supporting parts are just as well rounded as the leads. The script gently pokes fun at the likes of Glee, but it's done in such a warm way as to act in tribute rather ridicule, and its this light touch that gives the film a warm glow.
Pitch Perfect is a surprisingly entertaining, if lightweight, feel-good comedy with some good laugh-out-loud moments. Elevated by Kendrick's lead performance and with good comedic support it's a decent enough way to kill a couple of hours and succeeds in not outstaying its welcome.
Anna Kendrick impresses in this musical comedy