Trailer Reaction: Pitch Perfect 2

As you may have heard, the Pitch Perfect 2 trailer dropped yesterday morning. It popped up as part of Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive for this week and I’ll be the first to admit that I stopped everything I was doing at work to watch it.

Pitch Perfect started off as an oddball film. No one really expected it to make as big a splash as it did. In fact, its theatre sales were modest at best. However by the time the movie was released on DVD it had gained a huge, almost cult like following due to the unexpected popularity of Anna Kendrick’s song “Cups” from the movie’s soundtrack. So the creators went to work on a sequel and the world played the soundtrack on repeat while anxiously awaiting news.

The new trailer didn’t give away too many specifics about the actual plotline of the movie, or what songs we can anticipate to hear on the soundtrack, but there are a few things we can now expect to see in Pitch Perfect 2.

Firstly, the stakes have graduated from Nationals, which the Barden Bella’s won in the last film, to those of an international competition. The Bellas are going to have to go head to head against the best accapella teams from all over the world. And get this: according to inappropriate anchorwoman Gail (Elizabeth Banks), the United States is really bad at it, too.

Secondly, while most of the cast has returned for another competition season, there are a few changes. The Bellas will take on at least one new freshman to replace Aubrey (Anna Camp), who did in fact graduate after her senior year, and for some reason Bumper (Adam Devine) is back with the Treblemakers, too. I wonder what happened to his mainstream career? Also, exactly how many classes did Chloe (Brittany Snow) have to fail to get held back four years and will she keep singing in her surgically induced baritone?

Thirdly, Pentatonix will be in it. Their presence in this film needs no explanation, but suffice it to say they will be playing a competitor accapella group. And no doubt dominating the screen when they do, too.

Lastly, director/actress Elizabeth Banks has confirmed that the story will flash forward into the Bellas’ senior year at Barden. In an interview Banks said, “They’re coming to the end of their time as Bellas and figuring out how to sort of leave the nest and the comfort of each other’s friendship and figure out what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives.” Doesn’t that struggle sound familiar?

Questions I still have going forward:

  • Will some of the competitors sing in different languages?
  • Will the Bellas and the Treblemakers end up singing together to represent the United States?
  • Why does it look like they’ve moved into a sorority house in the promotional photos?
  • How big a role will the new freshman play compared to the now emotionally less isolated (but probably still sassy as Hell) Becca (Anna Kendrick) and the rest of the seniors?
  • What does the time shift mean for Becca and Jessie’s (Skyler Asten) relationship?

Are you as excited about this movie as I am? Let me know in the comments down below!

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