Movie review of “Jem and the Holograms”: The 1980s cartoon series about a girl band gets a millennial, live-action makeover. Rating: 2 stars out of 4.
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The beloved 1980s cartoon series “Jem and the Holograms” gets a millennial makeover in the live-action film of the same name. Director Jon M. Chu — of several “Step Up” installments, as well as the “G.I. Joe” live-action franchise — adapts the kooky cartoon about a girl band with special futuristic powers to the YouTube generation, where anyone can be a star.
With a strong message of self-empowerment, “Jem and the Holograms” shoots squarely for a tween audience, as well as those older fans who have nostalgia for the cartoon of their childhoods.
The updated “Jem and the Holograms” explores the conflict between the world of self-made Internet stars and legacy industries like the recording business. Chu utilizes a mixed-media approach, with confessional video blogs, homemade music videos and even Google Earth woven into the film, nodding toward a found-footage aesthetic.
Movie Review ★★
‘Jem and the Holograms, ’ with Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Juliette Lewis. Directed by Jon M. Chu, from a screenplay by Ryan Landels. 108 minutes. Rated PG for thematic material including reckless behavior, brief suggestive content and some language. Several theaters.
Young Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples) finds herself going viral after her sister Kimber (Stefanie Scott) uploads a video of Jerrica singing a song she wrote, performing as alter-ego Jem. While fans are clamoring to know who Jem is, the music biz also is calling. Jerrica decides to take Starlight Music mogul Erica Raymond (Juliette Lewis) up on her offer of stardom — with her sisters as her backup band.
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Erica gives the girls a full makeover, and soon the teens are rocking the stage. But Jerrica resists the studio’s control.
The film is incredibly faithful to its source material. But Chu has also chosen to include Synergy, the robot created by Jerrica’s father before his death. In the cartoon, Synergy is a giant synthesizer that allows Jem to change her appearance and create realistic holograms with her truly outrageous earrings. The movie Synergy is a mini robot that sends her on a wild scavenger hunt finding clues placed by her father. Because the film is a bit more rooted in reality than the quirky cartoon, the robot subplot doesn’t quite fit.zibra blog before and after blog behind the scenes blog behind the black food blog behind the scenes left behind blog story behind blog meaning behind blog blog between between blog and microblog blog difference between vlog difference between blog and website difference between blog and article similarities between blog and hyper poetry diff between blog and vlog difference between blog and forum blog beyond the obvious beyond blog beyond's blog homepage d&d beyond blog go beyond blog brexit & beyond blog travel beyond blog coachmen beyond blog blog but first coffee blog but blog but.fr wordpress not blog but website best buy blog nak buat blog cara buat blog blog gardien de but blog by gabby petito blog by jackie bavaro blog by google blog by ai weiwei blog by marvin williams blog by number blog by high school students blog by sophia lee blog contra ponto blog contra corrente blog contra impugnantes blog contra bolsonaro blog contra las cuerdas blog contra incendios blog contra el amor blog contra e verso blog during pandemic blog during spanish period blog during lockdown blog during american period blog during quarantine travel blog during covid blog ideas during covid blog topics during coronavirus blog even blog even 3 blog not even wrong blog break even apple event blog emily even blog blog gael even blog even stilstaan blog post excerpt blog for free blog for kids blog for beginners blog for students blog for teachers blog for writers blog for business blog from phone blog from afghanistan blog from the bog blog from scratch blog from google blog from kabul blog from the frog blog from wordpress blog in french blog in chinese blog in english blog in japanese blog in text citation apa