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A Reaction on the movie "Pitch Perfect"

Updated on January 7, 2016

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Promotional poster of the movie "Pitch Perfect"
Promotional poster of the movie "Pitch Perfect" | Source

Pitch Perfect was a fairly common movie. It had wit, humor and musical excellence yet it lacked essence. This isn’t to be interpreted that I hated the movie. It was a fun experience. It’s just that its meaning was really vague and difficult to decipher. Maybe there are unknown hidden metaphors in it but, if taken as is, it would be relatively shallow.

Personally, I think the movie is too unrealistic. They sing too well for average college students. Also, not one scene was shown where they were studying. That kind of disappointed me as I expected their academic hardships to be covered. In fact, it’s like they’re not enrolled at all.

The characters were all borderline cases of their personalities. If I was tasked to name one who got most of my attention, it would be Benji, Jesse’s roommate. Benji has been described by the other characters as a “weirdo”. He has a musing for magic which he quickly showcased in the first scene when he made a trick upon meeting Jesse. He has an amazing voice and he is utterly naïve. Jesse once asked Benji not to act weird where the latter replied with “Okay, but I don’t know what being weird means.”


Ben Platt as Benji in Pitch Perfect
Ben Platt as Benji in Pitch Perfect | Source

Benji is sort of like an outcast. Many times in my life, I also feel like one. This isn’t only because I really don’t put a lot of effort to making friends but also because I often feel adrift in the flow of society. Society expects me to be either this or that. If I won’t be, I’ll be the talk of the town. Benji has his own little world, I do too. If there is any difference between me and him (well, besides him having an amazing voice), it would be that he is not afraid to let people into his world with no restrictions. Mine still has needs an entrance ticket. Someday, it’ll be open for public.

What the movie tells me about friends is that you should not be too picky. And when you have found a worthy one, accept him for all that he is. College must be the toughest level in our academic lives. Not elementary or high school, back then you had the convenience of being spoon-fed everything. In college, they hide the spoon from you. You have to find it and then realize later that you could have used your hands all along.

When all the accepted applicants were having their celebration, Benji was up there in his room all alone. He sang along with them and seemed to show no sign of hatred for them. This part was very emotional, in my opinion. It was tragic that he was not accepted despite his exceptional singing voice, solely because he seemed weird.

Pitch Perfect is not the best movie I’ve seen nor is it the worse. It’s one of those feel good movies people watch to comfort themselves. Its humor is a bit overrated. I think this movie was the product of a jeux d’espirit, edited a hundred times.

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