Thursday, October 17, 2013

Queen Bees: The Bellas in Pitch Perfect

"It's a nice surprise to see the Bellas mixing it up.
It's refreshing, yet displeasing to the eye."

There's a lot to be said about this film. Not only does it provide some a-ca-awesome one-liners (mainly from Elizabeth Banks), it also presents some pretty strong notions about young modern day women and their fashion choices.

One of the most talked about subjects in the film is the look of the Bellas. Everyone outside of the group, namely the commentators and the rival all-male Treblemakers, make references to the "hot Bellas"; the skinny white girls who look like they've stepped off a Pan Am flight in the '60s. When the new group assembles and try to pull off this fabulous but outdated look, they're criticised for not being... well, hot.

And why are they not hot? Because as a whole, they epitomize the representation of the "new woman", whilst trying to pull off the uniform of the traditional woman. It's like that final scene in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), where Angelina Jolie walks around in the white sundress and floppy hat. Was that really necessary? What was she trying to prove? That she can be ladylike even though she kicks some serious ass? Why? Just stick to your shorts, tank-top and combat boots! You look good in them, and you shouldn't have to prove to anyone that you can be a lady. 

Same with the Bellas.

Did you notice that not one dress or skirt was worn during their final performance? Good for them. They looked hotter in their slightly masculinized outfits than the original Bellas did in their air-hostess suits.

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