Pitch Perfect 2 reviews are already coming in, and it could predict a huge box office. The reviews for Pitch Perfect 2 on Rotten Tomatoes reveal an audience score of 80 percent so far, with 38,029 user ratings already. The film also has decent marks from the critics on the site, with 73 of the 104 reviews calling it “fresh.” That works out to a 70 percent approval rating.
A Pitch Perfect 2 review from Vanity Fair calls the film a “rare comedy sequel that really works.” The review goes into depth, discussing past comedy sequels that haven’t quite lived up to their billing and then going over what the first Pitch Perfect film entailed. The writer (Richard Lawson) also gives a lot of credit to director Elizabeth Banks, one of the actresses that also helped produce the first film.
“As a director, Banks keeps things moving along briskly, throwing in little camera flourishes here in there, but mostly getting out of the way of the quirky rapport the cast has struck with one another. Pretty much everyone from the first movie is back, including sardonic aspiring music producer Beca (Anna Kendrick), perky seventh-year senior Chloe (Brittany Snow), and Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy, an unfortunately named character who gets treated a bit too roughly here.”
Banks, Kendrick, and Wilson have been doing a lot of press for Pitch Perfect 2, and that includes appearing on nearly every morning show and evening talk show on television in the U.S. It doesn’t hurt that the latest Pitch Perfect installment is already No. 1 at the box office in Australia. The film opened over the past weekend, bringing in just under $8 million in its debut. That’s a lot of money for a debut weekend in Australia, and it might be the first of many countries that see this film shoot to No. 1 over the debut weekend.
Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times also weighed in with an early review of the film. She too was impressed with the work that Elizabeth Banks did as the director and gave credit to the studio for letting her do it. In addition to her high praise for Banks, she also gives glowing compliments of What Anna Kendrick does in the film, at one point saying that Kendrick “continues to prove her comic and singing chops.” She too gave an overall favorable review of Pitch Perfect 2.
“The comedy choir wars are more intense, more absurd and more lowbrow fun than ever in Pitch Perfect 2. It is almost impossible not to be amused by the cutthroat world of competitive a cappella.”
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, in addition to familiar faces like Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, and Rebel Wilson, there are some new cast members in the fold. Pitch Perfect 2 also co-stars Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagal, and Pentatonix. It brings some new faces to the film, possibly even creating storylines that could turn into a third movie in the series. That could all depend on just how good the domestic box office returns are for the film.
If the first Pitch Perfect 2 reviews are any indication of how audiences will feel about the film, this could be a huge box office draw this summer. Debuting against Mad Max over the weekend, the film gets its wide release on May 15.
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