‘Jem and the Holograms’: Review


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Written by Deborah Wee for inSing.

With the countless ways that social media has revolutionised our lives and the entertainment industry, ‘Jem and the Holograms’ has the right concepts to make it one of the more relevant films of the year.

A reimagining the 1980s television series ‘Jem’, Jon M. Chu’s film adaptation is a modern tale about a teenage singer-songwriter who becomes a YouTube phenomenon. Amped up with catchy music, the film seeks to explore multiple issues from identity in the Internet Age to finding the courage and a voice, to valuing family and love.

It sounds dangerously overambitious, and in the span of a disorienting two hours, it certainly is. In fact, ‘Jem and the Holograms’ veers off in so many different directions that it ends up pulling itself apart.


inSing rating: 1/5 stars
Talkiewood rating: 1.0/5 (TALK-o-meter: “They actually put this on the big screen?”)

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