So I saw Pitch Perfect 3, I then came on Tumblr and I’ve got a few things to say. [Spoilers]
So I went to see Pitch Perfect 3 tonight and I, honestly, absolutely fucking loved it. I then got home, went onto tumblr and felt extra disappointed with what I found.
So obviously we didn’t get the Bechloe content we wanted in the cinema release of the movie. I totally understand that people are rightfully angry with Universal for what has been blatant queer baiting throughout promotions for this film. This doesn’t mean however, that we won’t get an alternate ending scene in the DVD extras. It’s not confirmed but it’s not ruled out yet so people are throwing in the towel way too early.
In regards to the men that were in the film, I’m so disappointed that people are vilifying two perfectly decent characters. As a franchise, Pitch Perfect have always done the male characters well in my personal opinion. Jesse and Benji were absolutely the most lovable men I’ve seen in movies for a really long time and I was really sad when I heard they wouldn’t star in this movie. I went into PP3 untrusting of Chicago and Theo but honestly couldn’t have been more wrong. Neither of them are big characters in any of the scenes really, Theo appearing far more than Chicago but still not enough to be classed as a main character. Chicago is shown backing Amy up in an altercation with her Dad but it’s portrayed that actually, Amy can handle it and Chicago is just there to check that she’s okay. He’s then shown at the end of the movie, cheering Beca on and then also the Bella’s without making a single moment of that about himself.
Theo is shown to be immediately interested in Beca for her talent. He didn’t make any “dudebro” comments and was actually quite likable from the offset. He encourages her throughout the movie to strive for her success, he then takes her recording and gives it to Khaled which brings Beca the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s mentioned once where she finds out and then never mentioned again. He doesn’t use it to get her to like him, he just really wanted to see her succeed. He then makes his move right at the very end of the movie, being immediately denied and taking it without any argument.
These are literally the men we have been begging people to write. These are the men we ask for, these are the kind of men we want in movies and yet when we get them, we still hate them and say awful things about them because they’re there. In the movie, you never see Chicago and Chloe do anything more than flirt. Their kiss is in the extra scenes in the credits, if you stay for those. It’s perfectly easy to watch the movie and never even see them kiss, leaving the ending totally up to you. Beca makes it clear she isn’t into Theo, also in the credits. Never once in the movie do you see anything more than utterly hilarious attempts at flirting and Chicago is actually very sweet during those interactions.
To boycott the movie, refuse to support the movie and even to go as far as abusing the cast is utterly abhorrent. They put their hearts and souls into this franchise from the get-go, they’ve given us so much content outside of the actual movies and you can tell that they all care so much about their fans. Anna Kendrick especially has really taken care of, raised and loved Beca Mitchell as her character and hasn’t once let us all down and let the producers do something out of character with her. She refused to pose sexy for a poster, she refused a love interest and made very valid points about why and she also pushed producers and directors to let herself and Brittany film a Bechloe kiss for the fans on the off chance that it might make it into the movie or onto the DVD.
It’s clear how much they love working together and how much they love each other but also how much they love us, and to ruin all of their hard work by not seeing the movie and leaving awful reviews is honestly shameful. It makes us, as a fandom, look like spoilt brats who don’t deserve the last few years of hard work and dedication that they’ve given us.
This movie was about strong women, strong friendships and so much love. Every scene included a hug or a comforting touch or a look of care and concern. Every single moment of this movie and the two that came before it were about sisterhood and how powerful that is in the face of everything the world has to offer. It’s produced by women, it’s directed by women, it has an all female cast. The promotional posters are compiled entirely of women, the background male characters were always well written and never put into scenes to remove focus from the women. I honestly couldn’t love this franchise more if I tried and even if in the DVD we don’t get the Bechloe scenes we’d hoped for, I’m still going to buy it and love it anyway.
I’ll forever be thankful to the wonderful people in this fandom for the stories they’ve written (Some of my favorites by the lovely @aliciameade - I had to write that plug incase any of you guys haven’t read their work. Amazing.) and the edits people made, the photoshop jobs, the music. Every part of this fandom held something wonderful.
Go and see the movie if you haven’t yet. Support the incredible cast who have given us amazing movies time and time again, support the women who worked tirelessly to make this happen. Support a franchise that has inspired so much good content and be grateful that we were given another installment of amazing music and beautiful Bellas.