I am willing to bet that there are two main types of people who watch the Pitch Perfect series. First, there are the fans of quirky female-led comedies about acapella, of course. The second group, I posit, are the significant others of the first group. Now, I am not trying to make any sort of statement about the series, nor am I saying that there aren’t other groups that watch these movies, I just think that the majority of people who watch this movie will fall into one of these two groups. That means that these movies have a tough job to do – satisfying these two demographics. Can a comedy series like this keep it strong three movies deep? Let’s take a look at the 4K UHD release of Pitch Perfect 3 and find out.
For this review, I am going to assume that you have seen at least one of the other two Pitch Perfect movies. You don’t technically need to have seen either to pick this up and watch it, but you will benefit from having met these characters before, as there isn’t a lot of reintroduction here.
The movie starts out showing Beca’s new life as a music producer. However, it isn’t all it’s glammed up to be, as she is tasked with turning an absolutely abysmal track into something to be proud of, only to be ridiculed and have her work undone. So she promptly quits. But not to fear, a phone call shortly comes through that sparks off the reunion of the Bellas – an opportunity for one last hurrah singing acapella for the USO Tour.
One nice thing about this entry in the series is that while Beca is undoubtedly still the main focus, we actually get a lot more character development from Fat Amy (I’m not being an asshole here, that is actually the character’s name, and she leans into it).
While on tour for the USO, the girls have their usual setbacks – they are awkward, acapella isn’t as popular in the real world as they think, etc, etc. They are competing with other bands on the tour for the chance to open for DJ Khaled, but of course, they are doing everything they can to screw that up (in the usual funny manner). The big surprise, however, and the main antagonist in this film is not another music group, but Fat Amy’s incredibly wealthy and crooked father (played by John Lithgow). He’s after her loaded bank account and is willing to do anything to get to it.
So I will say that I am pretty firmly in the second group of viewers here. My wife is a big fan of the series, and I have over time developed an appreciation for the movies as well. The humor can be really hit or miss with me, and the singing is the same. I don’t think that either is quite as good as the original film, but this was certainly more memorable than Pitch Perfect 2. If you’ve had a good time with either of the first two films, then this will be right up your alley, but it won’t change your mind if you didn’t.
Movies like Pitch Perfect 3 are actually quite fun to review in terms of visual quality. They lack the big budget computer graphics for the most part and instead find themselves looking fantastic on 4K UHD for entirely different reasons. In this case, the picture clarity is quite impressive, with all of the bright and vibrant colors that are without a doubt the main draw of the format. However, the biggest and most exciting visuals come from the music video feeling you get during the performances, which are very exciting to watch, even if you don’t particularly like the songs, which takes us to the audio.
For a movie based around music so much, the audio track is paramount. This DTS:X Master Audio track is definitely high quality. The music is extremely exciting to listen to with plenty of surround immersion. The bass is super satisfying, both in the music scenes as well as the explosions that take place. You read that right, there are explosions in this film. You won’t be disappointed with the sounds.
- New Musical Performances – two extra songs from the cast
- Extended Musical Performances – three extended songs
- Deleted Scene
- Gag Reel
- Competition Crescendo
- A Cappella Action – featurette on the explosive scene on the yacht
- The Women of Pitch Perfect 3
- Don’t Mess with Rebel – a focus on Rebel Wilson
- The Headliner: DJ Khaled – a focus on DJ Khaled
- The Final Note: John and Gail – quite possibly my favorite part of the series, the two documentarians who follow the Bellas around and say the most sexist stuff imaginable. This short takes a look at the pair.
- Just Because He’s a Bad Guy – a focus on John Lithgow
- The Final Performance
- Official Music Video
- Hollywood of the South – a look at shooting the film in Atlanta, GA.
- Audio Commentaries with Director Trish Sie and Producers Paul Brooks and Max Handelman
Pitch Perfect 3 Final Thoughts:
Fans will likely find Pitch Perfect 3 to be a suitable closure to the series. This film won’t change any minds, but provides some welcome character development in someone other than Beca and has some pretty great jokes and performances – what else would you want in a cheesy musical based comedy.
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