An Aca-awesome beginning.
2012 was an interesting year to say the least. I turned 16, the world didn’t end, and, ‘Pitch Perfect’ debuted in theaters. Scores of teens and young adults from all four corners of the world flocked to the movies to watch this movie. Needless to say, it became a hit. A cappella was suddenly the thing to do. Recreational singing was cool again. ‘Pitch Perfect’ became such a hit because of how different it was from other teen movies around the circuit. It portrayed college life almost to a tee. Awkward roommate encounters, late night parties, and the student club fairs where everyone is too eager to have you join them, it was all there. The movie, though with relatively new cast members, brought a new level of comedy that appealed to a wide spectrum of viewers. It inspired girls around the world to be vocal and positively fearless.
What also made ‘Pitch Perfect’ such a huge success, was its predominantly all-female cast. We all saw Anna Kendrick as Bella’s best friend Jenn in the teen classic Twilight. But in ‘Pitch Perfect,’ she dominated in her role as Beca, the outcast freshman girl who finally finds her place in college in a quirky a cappella group. She, along with a her new group of misfits, dominated the stage and screens with catchy mashups of old and new songs, and a fierce bond of friendship. For 16 year olds like me, it proved that anything was possible if i just believed. Kind of a clichè thing to say, but it’s true. That movie inspired me to believe that I can achieve my dreams, and that I can be strong enough to survive any hurdle that comes my way.
Suffice it to say, millions of girls around the world felt exactly the same way. Feminism was taking root within people, in places, and in the minds of people everywhere. The feeling that, yes, women are capable, and yes, they are powerful in their own right.
Three’s Not a Crowd
The debut of the ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ trailer yesterday, marked the end of an era. It is the perfect end to the series, and as a segue between post-college blues and the reality of adulthood. With the original cast reprising their roles, this movie is sure to bring a whole new set of adventures (or misadventures) for the girls. When the movie finally premieres, it will leave a mark on a generation of women and girls for years to come. Catch me at the theaters during Christmas, saying goodbye to an era, and looking forward, to a bright future.