Tony’s Movie Review: “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Pitch Perfect 2”
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 115 minutes
In “Pitch Perfect 2,” the Bella’s are back, but after being humiliated in front of none other than the President of the United States of America, the Bella’s are forbidden to compete in the US.
In order to clear their name, and regain their status, the Bella’s must win an international competition no American team has ever won.
I want to begin by saying “Pitch Perfect 2” is a fun film to watch. However that isn’t saying it’s a great film, it’s not.
Much too much of this sequel rehashes situations from the first film, as if by repeating them the jokes get better. Believe me, they don’t. Also the movie, directed by Elizabeth Banks, misses an opportunity to expand the character of Fat Amy, played by Rebel Wilson.
Amy, in the first film, made the jokes. In the sequel she IS the joke, which I found belittling and insulting.
That being said, the film has an energy, which most audiences will find engaging. The film gets a C+ and is rated PG- 13.
Rebel Wilson Univeral Pictures
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 120 minutes
In theaters Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
After 30 years, George Miller reboots “Mad Max” for a new generation. In this apocalyptic story set against a stark desert landscape, a loner named Max becomes involved with a murderous warrior chief chasing a woman who has betrayed him.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” is a non-stop thrill-ride that doesn’t let up. Miller is a master craftsman at putting the viewer in the middle of the action and getting the most out his actors. No frame of this film is wasted.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” shows what a great director can do, by taking what could have been a tired and worn out premise and making it shiny and new again.
The film deserves an A- and is rated R.
Charlize Theron Village Roadshow Pictures