The first Pitch Perfect was lightning in a bottle — it was a sleeper hit that worked the trending a aapella genre for full effect and spawned a radio hit with Anna Kendrick singing the cover for Cups, aka When I’m Gone.
Pitch Perfect 3 brings the Barden Bellas back together for one last go, this time as an overseas touring group for the USO. Hoping to relive their glory days, the Bellas — who have seen their lives outside of the group diminish — compete on an uneven playing field against music groups and DJs vying for a spot as DJ Khaled’s opening act.
Meanwhile, Fat Amy’s (Rebel Wilson) father Fergus (John Lithgow) hopes to build a relationship with his estranged daughter, and Beca (Anna Kendrick) shows off her producing chops when she sits in for an impromptu session at Khaled’s traveling mixing board.
About 10 minutes into La La Land, I started to worry.
Despite a charming opening scene filled with singing and dancing Los Angeles commuters stuck in traffic, I was still waiting for it to become my favorite movie of last year. After winning a ton of Golden Globes, it’s being touted as a frontrunner to win more than just an armful of Academy Awards, and critics — and all my friends — love it.
A few scenes in, I was starting to feel like I was going to be disappointed — that the hype was just too much. Or maybe it’s the whole musical thing — it’s no secret I’m not the biggest fan of the genre.
And then, Ryan Gosling’s Sebastian came home to find his sister had snuck into his apartment. They discussed, they argued — he’s a jazz musician who hasn’t settled into his new home, and he’s got a pile of unpaid bills. He’s got a chip on his shoulder, and he’s obsessed. He hasn’t gotten over being screwed by a former partner who took their jazz bar and turned it into a samba and tapas restaurant.
Samba and tapas.
I was longer just watching La La Land — Sebastian was a mirror or an alternate dimension of myself.
Not that I’ve ever wanted to own a jazz bar, per se, but I have dreams. Had dreams. Dreams that seemed pure and selfless but were essentially a bit selfish as well.
I want to create real music for people who need to hear it.