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Jem and the Holograms

Jem and the Holograms Movie Review
Posted on March 5, 2016 by James Shults

Release Date: October 23, 2015

Director: Jon M. Chu

Overall Rating: Bad

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.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

The Ugly

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.

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