- October 2012
- Director – Jason Moore
- Anna Kendrick – Beca
- Rebel Wilson – Fat Amy
- Brittany Snow – Chloe
- Anna Camp – Aubrey
- Skylar Astin – Jesse
Organized Nerd Singing? This is Great!
After the show Glee came, I figured it was a matter of time before they made a movie about acapella singing. I was a little skeptical when going into this, because I thought this movie was just riding the success of Glee. No story, and just a lot of singing of already popular songs. Let’s see if this is a knock off or a solo artist. Does that make sense? Aca-believe it.
I Can Sing, But I’m Also Good At Modern Dance, Olden Dance, and Mermaid Dancing Which is a Little Different.
Beca (Anna Kendrick) just wants to be a professional DJ, but her dad is forcing to attend Barden University. When Beca gets caught not going to class, her dad offers a deal. If Beca joins a club and really tries, but still doesn’t like college, her dad will pay for her to go to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of becoming a DJ.
While this is happening, the Barden Bellas, an all female acapella group is struggling to recruit members. The past competition, the Barden Bellas embarrassed themselves in the finals, and now nobody wants to join their club. Now, the Bellas are getting desperate and takes members ranging from a girl who only whispers, to a lesbian who people at the audition thought were a boy.
Chloe (Brittany Snow) who is one of the original Bellas hear Beca singing in the shower. She approaches Beca and sees if she can harmonize with her. She can and forces Beca to audition for the club.
Beca gets into the Barden Bellas and realize that there are some really strict rules that they have to follow by their group leader Aubrey (Anna Camp). Aubrey keeps the same mundane routine that they use every year and never mixes it up. Beca realizes it and feel that they need to do a new routine with different music in order to beat their arch rivals the TrebleMakers in this year’s competition. Can the Bellas with their new group members be able to take 1st place and beat the TrebleMakers? Will Beca be able to handle college or break her father’s deal?
Here are some reasons to like this underdog story. For one, it’s pretty funny. There are some very witty one-liners. Second, the singing is catchy. I have caught myself at my job humming to the finale of the movie. Third, riff off. It is like an accapella show down. It’s not as cheesy as it sounds. Fourth, the cast is very talented. For some reason if you didn’t like this movie, you can’t deny that the cast was talented.
Anna Kendrick does a great job of portraying Beca and you do end up rooting for her at the end. She’s the wild card to the Bellas, but has an “I don’t care attitude”, and it’s fun to watch. Plus, she has some awesome solo moments which shows off her great voice.
Of course a lot of critics are raving about Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, claiming this is her breakout performance. I do agree it seems she steals the scene every time she is on. Whether it is her body language, delivery on her lines, or even her singing, you can tell she’s having a good time with this movie.
The one thing that did bother me was Bumper, who was the TrebleMaker’s leader. Throughout the movie they build this on tension between Bumper and Fat Amy. It seems that they are always ragging each other and nothing ever concludes of it.
I think people who are skeptical of watching this don’t be. The story structure is pretty basic and predictable, but you just go into this kind of movie to enjoy the ride. It is a fun ride. I feel that this is definitely not a Glee knock off. There is a lot of singing, but it’s either for practice or a competition. They don’t sing their feelings. Plus I feel the writing is a lot wittier, and a highly enjoyable underdog story, so you need to acca-believe it.
Random Info I got from this File:
- Mermaid Dancing is a lot of floor work
- You can make snow angles in puke
- Horizontal running is exercising
Other Files to check:
- Bring It On
File Status: 8 out of 10