Feeling adrift ever since they graduated from college, the Bellas are thrilled when they are offered a chance to reunite for a USO tour in Europe. While the ladies get into a heated competition with the other musical acts, Beca (Anna Kendrick) mulls an offer to leave the group behind for a solo career. Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Ruby Rose, Elizabeth Banks, John Lithgow, and John Michael Higgins co-star. Directed by Trish Sie.~Jack Rodgers
Not sure that 4k was necessary, but we love these movies so buying them only made sense in the 4K version. The first is by far the best and the second is close. The third wasn't quite up to the standards of the first two, but it has its moments too.
This Unnecessary Sequel Still Looks & Sounds Great
I loved "Pitch Perfect", and the second one even more so. This third installment is a cash cow from Hollywood that tried to blend once again the elements that made the first 2 films work, but they sadly didn't. As much as I wanted this film to be good, even just for me, I couldn't get it above "decent". The story tried to answer the question "what's next for these girls after college? and what about their relationships with each other?" but it fell short from full satisfaction. That's not to say that this 3rd - and hopefully final - installment of the "Pitch Perfect" franchise is absent of the bonds and friendships and awesome a capella. When the ending presents itself as to how everyone will move on to the next chapter of their lives, it is a tender moment. The film has its fun musical numbers in its own right. But the expectation that was set from the first film were set higher with the second film, and the third just didn't measure up. But a fan of the "Pitch Perfect" series should see this series to the end.
On the technical side, Hollywood is going to hear it once again from me: seriously Hollywood, why make the new standard 4K when you're filming and finishing films in anything less than 4K?!?!?! That said, and I should have said this about the first 2 films as well, it does look better than the standard Blu-ray. Better picture clarity, and of course a better color palette thanks to the HDR10 presentation are some of the reasons to go with the 4K release instead of the standard Blu-ray. But Universal shot themselves in the foot when it comes to the audio, giving 4K Blu-ray buyers the same audio release as the standard Blu-ray. Why, oh why would a customer purchase the 4K over the audio in a film about a capella singers when they can get the same audio experience on the standard Blu-ray? The only reason why I did was just to round out the trilogy in the same 4K format. The DTS:X Master Audio soundtrack is great, simply great, and I don't think Universal could have released a better track... which is why it was simply wrong on their part to put it on the standard Blu-ray as well. The whole point of 4K, just like the whole point of Blu-ray when DVDs were the standard, is that you're missing out on something great by not going with the best available format.
Do I recommend this film? Yes, but only to finish out a lovable series.
All of my family were fans of the first movie. It worked well on almost every level for light breezy entertainment. The second movie was wrong at so many different levels. So it was pleasing that the third avoided the problems of the second. The second seemed discordant and the third has it's harmonies back again. This was good but I think the franchise should retire while it is ahead since the plot was pretty contrived, but still worked. The music is good and the main characters are in good form (even Fat Amy) and good voice.