‘The Hunger Games’ actress Elizabeth Banks is making her directorial feature film debut with musical comedy ‘Pitch Perfect 2’.
A surprise hit back in 2012, the first ‘Pitch Perfect’ was an irreverent, girl-powered comedy that followed the exploits of a quirky group of college singers.
Banks hopes she’ll inspire more women to take on the directorial challenge.
“I actually felt a lot of support, I felt there was a lot of people rooting for the movie to work, and my crew was amazing, and the cast was great, and I’m really proud of the product, I think the product tells you everything you need to know about how the shoot went. You know, I think just because it’s rare doesn’t mean that it’s a particularly difficult or hard job to do – I mean boys do it all the time. I hope, really, that what I’ve done inspires other women to get behind the camera and tell more of these stories,” says Banks.
Banks reprises the role of Gail in this sequel, which also stars Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld and Rebel Wilson, who stole the show in the original film as Fat Amy.
“Fat Amy, she’s very sassy, and very confident, but overly confident which is how she gets a lot of her humour,” says Rebel Wilson. “And I think I’m not like outrageously confident in real life but I have an inner confidence and I think like (makes me) comfortable in my own skin.”
Despite what critics describe as some cinematic flaws, for the right audience ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is a feel-good comedy worth watching, delivering some stunningly choreographed dance pieces (and) an impressive array of different styles.
‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is on global release from mid-May.