Release Date: October 23, 2015
Director: Jon M. Chu
Jerrica is a talented but shy girl who becomes a viral sensation after her sister secretly posts a video online of her performing a song under the pseudonym Jem.
This is a good looking movie throughout. In particular, the moment when Jerrica first transforms herself into Jem is filled with great lighting and is shot beautifully. It’s a good mix of bright and dark colors during a moment that’s meant to be desperate yet hopeful.
Jerrica has a moral dilemma with taking on the persona of Jem. Her dad, who died years ago, gave her that nickname. That seems like all the reason she would need to become that character. Really the only differences between her and Jem is makeup and hair. There’s nothing about being Jem that betrays who she is.
There are so many disparate things going on in Jem and the Holograms. It doesn’t seem to know if it’s a musical, a coming of age story, a drama or an adventure. The movie isn’t one thing. It’s everything. In the end, it adds up to nothing. There is, however, an interesting mid-credit scene that teases a possibly better sequel that we’ll likely never see.« « The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story | Triangle » »