The Bellas are bidding us adieu in the final installment of the celebrated musical comedy. “Pitch Perfect 3,” directed by Tish Sie (“Step Up: All In”), finally wraps up the franchise, and after watching it, it really is time to say goodbye.
Taking place three years after the events of “Pitch Perfect 2,” this second sequel finds the a cappella girls reuniting for a USO European tour.
With Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins) dogging them for their documentary film, the girls, unhappy with their after-college life, find themselves competitive once more onstage—this time against the band Evermoist, headed by the slick and slim Calamity (Ruby Rose).
Screenwriters Kay Cannon and Mike White peppered the film with subplots; drug lords, daddy issues, love stories, and career crisis, and everything feels desperate and forced. The music is so-so, Evermoist is not exactly an exciting rival, and John Lithgow appears with a bad Aussie accent.
“Pitch Perfect 3” is the least interesting among the three movies. Despite the Instagrammable locations, it feels stilted and tired and ready to die. But at least the writers are still inspired by Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), making her consistently funny and giving her snazzy action sequences. And Beca’s (Anna Kendrick) story here takes the film to a bittersweet finale—the most heartfelt performance given by the Bellas, saving the movie from becoming downright bad.
If you are a “Pitch Perfect” fan and not too busy with your life, go see it. It may not be the explosive ending you are expecting, but hey, you still need to see the culmination of the franchise. And the mediocrity of the storylines are compensated by the last 15 or so minutes of the movie, which is pretty earnest and poignant. If you’re not a fan, no need to spend money on it.
Finishing the franchise and promising us that there’s no more Part 4 is a clever decision from the creators, as there is no more left to exhaust from the girls’ stories. But who knows? Hollywood might reboot the franchise 10 years from now.
2.5 out of 5 stars
In Philippine cinemas January 8, 2018