CAST & CREW
Jem and the Holograms is an adaptation of the hit television series ‘Jem.’ The plot though is a little different. The film stars Aubrey Peeples from Nashville. The movie received bittersweet reactions from the audience.
A young teenager Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples), along with her sister Kimber ( Stefanie Scott) is living with her aunt Bailey (Molly Ringwald) with two foster siblings Aja (Hayley Kiyoko) and Shana (Aurora Perrineau) as her father (Barnaby Carpenter) passes away. Kimber uploads a video of Jem singing, which makes her an overnight star on the internet. The girls decide to form a band and pursue their musical careers. Meanwhile, a robot invented by Jerrica’s father is found functioning again, but he has certain parts missing. They decide to reassemble the robot thinking their father must have done it for a reason, amidst all this Erica is pursuing Jerrica to go solo and that creates serious misunderstandings. Were they able to reassemble the robot? What is the message their father left behind? Does Jerrica go solo?
Written by Ryan Landels and directed by Jon M. Chu, Jem, and the Holograms is not entirely bad. Those who have seen the original cartoon series will make out definite changes in the plot. The movie just keeps on piling plots over plots that it becomes just too much. The robot, called Synergy, in the original series, had magical powers whereas in the movie it just showcases holographic memories of the father with his daughters. Jerrica as in the original series is not a strong headed businesswoman, rather she's a clueless teenager and confused about her sexuality. She somewhat has an existential crisis between herself, and the alter ego Jem. Overall the creators fail to put effort into the subplots weakening the very core of the movie.
Aubrey Peeples is seen as the lead, Jerrica Benton aka Jem, who is convincing in her role. She truly seems confused. Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, and Aurora Perrineau have also performed well. Molly Ringwald is rather monotonous. Supporting cast is also good.
Jem and the holograms is a story of a girl who pursues her passion, loves her family, and want to make them and herself proud. She’s on a journey of self-evolvement.
What’s not there?
The makers are unable to handle multiple subplots leading to confusion and diminish the interest level of the audience.
The music is not so good not so bad.
If you have seen the original series you will have serious issues with the adaptation made. You lose some interest when the unplanned subplots are not taken care of rightly. The performances are good. It has regular family drama and some predictable twists and turns.
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