Pitch Per­fect, Chan­nel 4, Satur­day, 9pm.


Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Television -

Is Anna Ken­drick shap­ing up to be the big­gest star in con­tem­po­rary big-screen mu­si­cals? In the last year alone, she’s been called on to belt out num­bers in The Last FiveYears and Into theWoods, not to men­tion Pitch Per­fect2.

How­ever, most film­go­ers prob­a­bly first dis­cov­ered that she had a ter­rific voice to go with her like­able screen pres­ence and crack comic tim­ing when she ap­peared in the orig­i­nal Pitch­Per­fect, which is get­ting its ter­res­trial pre­miere this week.

It sees Ken­drick tak­ing on the role of Beca, who dreams of head­ing out to Los An­ge­les to pur­sue a ca­reer in the mu­sic busi­ness – but her dad is in­sist­ing she goes to col­lege, and ex­pects her to join at least one ex­tracur­ric­u­lar so­ci­ety.

That’s how the re­luc­tant stu­dent comes to find her­self sign­ing up with the Bar­den Bel­las, an a cap­pella group who are try­ing to re­build their rep­u­ta­tion af­ter their last com­pe­ti­tion ended in one of the singers vom­it­ing on stage.

Beca starts to make friends among the ranks, but she also has some ideas about how the Bel­las can im­prove their chances in this year’s cam­pus mu­sic con­tests by swap­ping their staid old reper­toire for some in­ven­tive mash-ups. Can she get the oth­ers to join her, or will there be dishar­mony in the ranks?

Rebel Wil­son of­fers scene-steal­ing sup­port as an ec­cen­tric Bella, but Ken­drick proves hard to up­stage.

Find­ing their voice: Rebel Wil­son and Anna Ken­drick star.

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