Flash Movie Review: Jem and the Holograms

It should not matter what other people think about the things that bring you joy. This seems like such a basic concept; you cherish desserts but your good friend does not or your significant other loves to go camping but you are not fond of it. For those individuals who shall we say have a stronger constitution, someone else’s thoughts and tastes have no bearing on their enjoyment. I knew this person who loved to dance; whenever the opportunity presented itself, they were the first one to get up and start dancing. They had a poor sense of rhythm but either they were not aware or just did not care. It did not stop some people from making comments or teasing remarks. Now some individuals who were not as sure of themselves as this dancer would probably stop dancing in public. For others they would ignore the remarks and comments, not stopping for anyone. I am aware this is not always an easy thing to do. When I first starting teaching fitness, I was a nervous wreck every time I walked into a class. Yelling in my mind were these voices that told me I was too big, not flexible or good enough; I was a fraud who was just pretending to be an instructor. There were so many other instructors who looked and acted the part with their snug fitting outfits that were color coordinated. I wore baggy basketball shorts, a loose T-shirt that had either a state logo or landmark and a baseball cap. It took me a long time to acquire the confidence to believe I was doing something good. Because of this I was able to understand what the main character was feeling in this musical adventure.    NOT until a video of her singing was uploaded to the internet did Jerrica, played by Aubrey Peeples (Rage, Nashville-TV), begin to believe in herself. Along with her sisters they would become overnight sensations; but would it be too much for them to handle? I do not know where to begin because I was void of any feelings by the end of this dramatic fantasy film. If I can explain, the entire script sounded like an example that would be used for a screenwriter’s 101 class; it was cliched, predictable and sappy. I was not familiar with the 1980s cartoon series this movie was based on, but the robot story line seemed like a totally different movie from the singing one. Even Molly Ringwald (Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles) playing Aunt Bailey left me perplexed since she came across as a flat one dimensional character. The only worthwhile scenes were the ones that had singing in them. This was such an odd film; notice I did not even list any other actors because their acting was so sad. If any of them look back at this they might want to change careers. There was an extra scene in the beginning of the ending credits.


1 1/2 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 29, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thank God that I was never a shy type, but I prefer being in the background and being on my own. Sometimes being in the crowd left me breathless and my lungs feels tighter if I stay longer. I like the company of my self and with my children. But if I can be alone, I choose to be with my books, journals and writings. Sometimes one or two good movies and enjoying it with all the joy, the terror and self-absorbness. Sounds crazy, but yes, I love to be on my own.

    But I have no problem being in the open for awhile, but to handle popularity was always my problem at school because I was the school newspaper editor and the reporter at the same time. But it is odd to me because in my time being in the newspaper (even if it is in the school) it was the one of the top most popular position for every kid. They think I have the power even to put down the top kids (especially those bullies). But the truth is, that was never the case because of these kids are rich and have powerful parents. But to put top kids-bullies down was never my attention. hehe …

    This is an interesting movie. I would want to watch it too. 😀

    • At my high school, which I refer to as The Lord of the Flies H.S., those working on the school newspaper were considered nerds. I totally understand about having alone time; I prefer doing a movie by myself so I do not have to talk or comment, just get lost hopefully into the film. Thank you for your comments.

      • Nerds??? hahahaha … Not at my school.
        It was a good position for the smart kids, I think. Most nerds are either in Maths Club or Science Club, or Calculus Club or Bio-Chemistry Club.
        Those at the newspapers are the bad ass smart kids who loves to roam about the school trying to find faults of others, I think, and pretending to be on the side of some law. They just need a good story, that’s all.

      • I wish I had worked on your school newspaper. lol Thanks for the update.

  2. I have no idea why anyone would think to even make this movie. I vaguely remember the cartoon series as one of my sisters had some of the dolls but I don’t think I ever saw even a smidgen of an episode. I hate this whole “remake” culture in the film industry anyway but the idea of taking a cartoon from the 1980s that was never that popular anyway and trying to repackage it must have fallen flat even on paper. Why o why do production companies keep bankrolling such lacklustre, unimaginative, tatty film projects instead of investing in talented people with great ideas and originality?

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