Pitch Perfect 2: What Critics Say

Pitch Perfect 2: What Critics Say
Rebel Wilson at the A Few Best Men movie premiere in Sydney. Eva Rinaldi / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
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Reviews are in, and “Pitch Perfect 2” has accumulated a generous amount of positive reviews from critics and viewers alike. While general consensus say that the first movie is better than the sequel (as expected with a film that sets a high benchmark), there is still no denying that “Pitch Perfect 2” will rake in huge sums, with analysts even predicting it will beat “Mad Max: Fury Road” in the box office.


Positive reviews and the “death of cool”

As of writing, the Anna Kendrick musical currently holds a 73% rating in review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. “Mad Max,” on the other hand, holds a whopping 96%.

The Guardian‘s Anne Donahue writes about the sequel’s act of killing the concept of “coolness.” Whereas teen movies from the past decades were concerned about the youth belonging in the cool group, viewers won’t find that in “Pitch Perfect 2.”

“And who can blame them? Being cool seems exhausting. Being cool calls for dress codes, heavily curated social circles and late nights spent at hip events… In other words, happiness lies in opting not to participate in ‘cool’ at all.”

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Rebel Wilson did own stunts

When Rebel “Fat Amy” Wilson visited TODAY on Tuesday, she narrated how she did her own stunts for the film’s opening scene.

“Apparently stunt doubles for aerial acrobatics don’t come in my size,” she told the show. “So the choice was to train me or have a completely different opening to the film.”

She trained for five weeks in order to perform aerial acrobatics in front of the camera.

“The weird thing is my character is so confident and sassy, so even though I am totally afraid, I was like, ‘No, I’ve got to be like Fat Amy and get out there and just crush it.'”