As soon as Pitch Perfect 2 ended I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the 3rd installment. When I heard that the Treblemakers weren’t going to be in Pitch Perfect 3 I was almost ready to forgo seeing the movie. I loved Becca and Jesse together and the way Bumper and Fat Amy contrasted them in almost every way. And Benji; when I heard the adorkable Benji wasn’t getting face time in Pitch Perfect 3 either I was pretty set on never watching it. I’m a bit bratty like that. Even the lack of familiar male front-runners couldn’t keep me away from Pitch Perfect 3. I went into it knowing I was going to love it and I wasn’t disappointed.
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Pitch Perfect isn’t a strict story type of franchise. They’re the type of movies where you could miss 10 to 20 minutes and still enjoy it. And that’s from me, someone who purposefully avoids musicals of most types (I’ve never watched an episode of Glee). From the first 5 seconds of the first movie, I was hooked. I love the acapella and mashups, and I love the relatably quirky characters. And what I really enjoyed about Pitch Perfect 3 was that it was after college, where acapella isn’t really a real-world, grown-up thing. The Bellas are reintroduced after graduation with lackluster lives and a desperate need for an acapella fix. A little too unrealistically they land a spot on a USO tour thanks to Aubrey’s dad. Accurately predicted by Chloe, there’s a contest where the winner(s) will be the opening act for DJ Khalid (he plays himself).
Ruby Rose stars as a competing contestant who immediately challenges the Bella’s’ talents leading to, what else, a riff-off. Well, kind of. That got a little awkward but awesome at the same time because we get some new sound magic with actual instruments (back to the acapella not being a real-word grown-up thing.) The Bellas don’t back down, and they don’t give in to the temptation to learn how to play instruments. They stick with their skillful mouth sounds and learn a few things along the way.
For some reason Fat Amy’s dad is kind of a focal point throughout the movie. I’m not crazy about that part of the plot and found it kind of pointless, with the exception of the first/last scenes. But, if you’re a John Lithgow (with a forced fake Australian accent) you may be stoked about his role.
There were lots of laugh out loud moments and so many make you get up and dance moments that the movie kind of flew by. I wasn’t bored ever which is a huge bonus. But, what I love the most is that Pitch Perfect 3 gives perfect closure. It makes it clear this is the final movie, everyone is resolved with their lives, and we’re happy for them. There are so many movie franchises that force sequels (and beyond) when the story should have been over. The ending makes the entire Pitch Perfect franchise feel complete. It also makes it the trifecta of feel-good movie night! 6ish hours of sing-along and laugh-along fun. Yea, I’m going to make that happen!
Have you watched Pitch Perfect 3 yet? I’d love to know what you thought.
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BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO Blu-ray:
Competition Crescendo – In this featurette we break down the riff-off scene, starting in pre-production in the recording studio and moving into production. We’ll also discuss the Bellas’ competition: EverMoist, Saddle Up, DJ Young Sparrow and DJ Dragon Nutz.
Don’t Mess with Rebel – Rebel Wilson trained with stunts coordinator, Jennifer Badger, to perfect her many stunts that we see throughout the film. In this featurette, we’ll catch a glimpse of Rebel’s training and discuss the most bad-ass stunt of all – Rebel taking down four grown men in order to save the Bellas.
The Headliner: DJ Khaled – We check in with cast and filmmakers to hear their reactions on the music producer/personality being brought on, how he fits into the story and the love he has for the Bellas.
The Final Note: John and Gail – Everyone’s favorite Talk-a-pella podcasters are back, combining their resources to produce an exclusive d’aca’mentary following the beloved classic Bellas. We discuss their far-fetched endeavor with the cast and filmmakers to better understand our favorite aca-duo.
Just Because He’s a Bad Guy – The cast and filmmakers were overjoyed to learn that legendary actor, John Lithgow was joining the Pitch Perfect family, and he did not disappoint! In this piece, we’ll witness how Rebel and John are two peas in a pod, making their on-screen chemistry as father and daughter truly sincere.
“Freedom! ’90 x Cups” Official Music Video
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL:
Deleted Scene\Gag Reel
New Musical Performances
- Fat Amy & Fergus Casino Duet
- The Bellas: “See You Smile” Lullaby
A Cappella Action – In this piece, we break down the scene starting with Fergus betraying Fat Amy and kidnapping the Bellas, through the performance and wrapping up with Rebel Wilson as she performs the stunt of falling through the ceiling.
The Women of Pitch Perfect 3 – With Elizabeth Banks, Trish Sie, and an all-female cast, the Pitch Perfect franchise is breaking down stereotypes and industry norms left and right. In this piece, we learn why that’s so important throughout the development and production of Pitch Perfect 3.
The Final Performance – In this heart-warming piece, fans will witness the genuine love and sisterhood between the Bellas both on and off camera as they get a behind-the-scenes look at the emotional wrap of the film and production.
Hollywood of the South – Hollywood may be the “Entertainment Capital of the World” but Atlanta is a close second – morphing into a metropolis for film productions and the cast and crews couldn’t be happier. We hear from them about the hospitality, versatility and southern welcome they experienced during their stay.
Extended Musical Performances
- Evermoist: “How a Heart Unbreaks”
- Young Sparrow / DJ Dragon Nutz: “You Got It”
- Saddle Up: “Ex’s and Oh’s”