Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ (2015)

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

Although Pitch Perfect 2, like its predecessor, is about the Bellas, a girls-only a cappella college singing group, the franchise’s archetype is not the singer. The archetypal honor goes to the misfit, carried primarily by Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), whose Aussie roots, larger proportions and clumsiness brand her as unique. She’s a Uranian outlier, despite being part of a group whose moxie and talent also very much brand the members as unconventional.

With this sequel, the Bellas have won the national a cappella championship three years running. Unfortunately, because of a serious body-part performance mishap tied to Fat Amy, the university suspends the group from further competition. However, a loophole does allow the ladies to seek redemption by competing in the world competition in Copenhagen, where their fiercest competition will be the co-ed German group, Das Sound Machine, referred to, by the Bellas, as Deutsche Bags.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also reprises her role as competition commentator (with John Michael Higgins as her sidekick), Pitch Perfect 2 also stars returnees that include Beca (Anna Kendrick), Chloe (Brittany Snow) and Aubrey (Anna Camp). There’s also new member Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), whose mother (Katey Sagal) was a revered Bella decades earlier, and a record producer (Keegan-Michael Key) for whom Beca is interning on the sly.

With original compositions deemed a no-no in a cappella competition, it’s a sure thing that, in the spirit of Uranus, which oversees groups and innovation, the liberated Bellas will break rules to their advantage. An actress whose name is Rebel could not be a better fit in a film supporting non-traditional approaches to self-expression.

Archetype: Misfit.

Astrology Archetype: ♅ (Uranus)

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