MOVIE REVIEW: A perfect finale to Pitch series
WHEN Pitch Perfect came out in 2012, it hit a chord (pardon the pun) with audiences all over the globe and put rising Aussie star Rebel Wilson into the big leagues.
Three years later and Pitch Perfect 2 was an even bigger smash, selling more than three times the tickets that the original took.
So it's no surprise that the franchise is about to make another run at your local cinema, in what has been promoted as the 'finale' to the trilogy with all the cast returning for one last hurrah.
After the highs of winning the World Championships, a-capella group The Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't many job prospects for making music with your mouth.
When they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour to entertain the troops, the group comes together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.
While the original Pitch Perfect was a heap of fun that appealed at a time when Glee was still popular on TV, did anyone ever think it would turn into a trilogy? Probably not.
While short on originality, Pitch Perfect 3 delivers in the entertainment stakes.
Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Wilson are so likeable on screen. Then when you add in the welcome return of a-capella commentators John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks as John and Gail, who are making a documentary of the tour, and all the elements are there to please fans of the series.
The music is great, the energy is high, the laughs come regularly and it's impossible not to be won over by the cast - who are obviously having the time of their lives.
John Lithgow once again proves he is one of the most versatile actors around, playing the part of Fat Amy's father, who returns out of the blue.
We are always critical of American actors doing Aussie accents, but Lithgow just might have pulled it off. Opinion will be divided on how audiences take his attempt at our 'Strine' but for my money, he delivers.
Wilson has all the best lines, and when the movie goes somehow into hardcore Die Hard mode it's all very silly. But you don't care because you're enjoying yourself, and isn't that why we go to the movies in the first place?
Ruby Rose makes an impressive appearance as the lead singer of an all-girl band also on the USO tour, and gives Australian audiences another reason to adopt the Pitch Perfect series.
Yes, PP3 is predictable and more of the same. But if you've ever craved to hear Aviici mixed with The Cranberries, then you'll also be pleasantly surprised.
This is a good way for the Pitch Perfect series to go out. With so much energy on screen, it will sweep you up in its enthusiasm.
Pitch Perfect 3
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, John Lithgow, Elizabeth Banks.
Director: Trish Sie
Verdict: 3 stars