"Jem and the Holograms" stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, and Hayley Kiyoko. Released on October 23, 2015, the film is about a group of girls who embark on a quest to become superstars.
The film is directed by Jon M. Chu, who also directed films such as Step Up 2: The Streets, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. It is loosely based on the Hasbro toy line and the 1980s animated series of the same name created by Christy Marx. I'm somewhat familiar with the source material, but I haven't actually seen the show. With that said, I will be reviewing it as its own film, which has been getting a lot of hate from Jem fans since the trailers hit. Let's just say that people are being overdramatic…AGAIN!
Some of the performances were decent to good. Peeples did a nice job portraying Jem.
The songs were fun to listen to. Not memorable, but passable for my taste.
The concert sequences were very well shot thanks to Alice Brooks' cinematography and Chu's direction.
The main characters were fun to hang out with.
Relatable messages about finding one's self and friendship.
Some consistent pacing.
Juliette Lewis' character is a generic villain.
The emotional depth wasn't strong enough despite some heartwarming moments.
Final thoughts: Despite its flaws, "Jem and the Holograms" is a fun little film that's worth rocking out to in terms of the concert sequences and its relatable message. There were some things that I would like to see them improve on, but all that matters to me is how enjoyable this film is, and Chu somewhat delivered. I just want to say that the film's message is relatable to me because like how Jem uses her music as a way to speak out to the world, I use my movie reviews to express my feelings to the world. I hope that someday my film reviews will help people find the courage to speak out how they feel. Everyone has the right to express their own opinion. Others can't tell us what we can or cannot do; they can't tell us who we are or who we aren't. Only you decide who you want to be and what you can do. If you like a certain film that others don't like, that's fine. Everyone has different tastes in film. To everyone who keeps saying that their childhood is ruined because of this film: Grow up! If you don't like it, that's fine, but this whole "childhood ruined" thing is getting really old and it needs to stop! Your childhood is past! Deal with it! Thank you for listening and I hope your dreams come true as well as mine and Jem's. Rock on!