‘Pitch Perfect 3’: What’s Going on Here?
This week, pitches got a new trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, the final film in the musical saga of the Barden Bellas. All of the Bellas are returning including Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, and Anna Camp, but this time around they’ll be joined by Ruby Rose and Andy Allo who play artists in a rival band. Matt Lanter will also star in the film. It seems that he’ll be a romantic interest for Brittany Snow’s character. Many were bummed to hear that Skylar Astin who played Treble and Becca’s boyfriend, Jesse won’t be in the film. Neither will Adam Devine or Ben Platt. Platt’s absence is understandable since he’s currently in the Broadway Musical Dear Evan Hansen. He was also recently signed to Atlantic Records.
For the third film, the premise seems to revolve around the former Bellas reuniting to sing only to be disappointed when the current Bellas really just wanted them to come see the new group perform. The young Bellas are led by Hailee Steinfeld who starred as the freshman Emily in the second film. Disappointed, the girls decide to join a competition that takes them overseas to perform at the USO (United Service Organizations). The girls go up against bands that play live music including Rose and Allo’s band, who all have names like Calamity and Charity.
While I’m excited about Pitch Perfect 3, the trailers have left me wondering about the direction the saga is taking for the last movie. In the trailer, there’s a scene where Fat Amy (Wilson) is seen fighting a man and Becca and Amy jumping from a boat mid-explosion. Those moments seem a little off-brand for the franchise. Also, the fact that the other bands put the Bellas down for singing covers is an issue covered in the second film when the group sang an original song written and produced by Emily and Becca at the end of the movie. The judges and the crowd make a big deal out of the moment, so it feels redundant to have the issue brought up again, especially in a competition meant to benefit military service members. The Bellas have talent and they shouldn’t have to keep proving it. Hopefully, this third film is well done and will leave the Bellas on a good note. (Yeah, I did that.)
Check out the newest trailer for Pitch Perfect 3 below.
Pitch Perfect 3 hits theaters December 22, 2017.
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