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December 27, 2017

Nunn's Theater Habit:
Pitch Perfect 3 a little off-key

BY
JERRY NUNN

Pitch Perfect 3 a little off-key
While Pitch Perfect 3 hits some sour notes, there are more to see

The original Pitch Perfect movie was entertaining, fun, and even brought star Anna Kendrick a hit on the radio. The second film directed by star Elizabeth Banks was forgettable and didn't have the first one's charm. Now we end the trilogy with part three, unfortunately on a bit of a lackluster note.

Many of the cast are back for more, but that is problematic because there are so many characters now. Some of them only get a few lines in and it makes it hard to follow. This time the plot revolves around United Service Organizations' concerts and the singers.

Pitch Perfect 3 a little off-key
Ruby Rose is introduced as the leader of one band but is not given a lot to do except look beautiful. DJ Khaled has the most awkward cameo ever and Hailee Steinfeld's part is only beefed up because of her current popular music. Ben Platt has jumped ship in part three thanks to a successful Broadway career. The saddest part for me is the continuation of an insulting Fat Amy joke on Rebel Wilson that now goes to Fat Amy Winehouse territory. It's painfully not funny and seems desperate. Like the TV show Glee this one has overstayed its welcome and it is definitely time for the final curtain call.

Pitch Perfect 3 a little off-key
The same weekend The Shape of Water was released. This one had me at a wave of hello without any words needed. Sally Hawkins plays a mute that reminded me of Audrey Tautou in the French movie Amelie. It is a water based fairytale so well crafted from Guillermo del Toro that it deserves repeated viewings. Octavia Spencer steals almost every scene as does Richard Jenkins as a closeted best friend.

This movie combines old and new Hollywood to create one of my favorite movies of 2017.

One overlooked gem, Battle of the Sexes is now on video so take it home today. The story of Billie Jean King dueling it out with Bobby Riggs kept me on the edge of my seat. With good reason this was the most watched game of all time and it translates well on the small screen. Emma Stone and Steve Carrell are excellent as is comedian Sarah Silverman in what could have been a throwaway part. This endeavor was brought to you by the team that created Little Miss Sunshine and it's just as charming. Hopefully America takes another swing at this film!

 
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