With the recent news that American Idol will not be renewed for another season, Jem and the Holograms is going to fill the void for all who want to watch someone live out their rockstar dreams. Except, Jem and the Holograms do it with rhinestones, coloured hair extensions and a musical rags-to-riches story that looks at the trade off for fame that we’ve all heard so much about. Whereas Idol kept the cameras in front of the stage, Jem and the Holograms shows the behind-the-scenes trappings of fame, if fame was offered to you by Juliette Lewis.
With a cast including Audrey Peeples (Sharknado), Stefanie Scott (Wreck It Ralph), Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters), Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club) and Ryan Guzman (Pretty Little Liars and a Step Up movie that wasn’t the one with Channing Tatum), Jem and the Holograms is a live adaption of a cartoon originally on TV in 1985.
The trailer takes us through how Jem and the Holograms come together, get discovered and how Jem becomes a seemingly overnight sensation. The scene where the song is heard on the radio for the first time doesn’t quite meet the heights of the That Thing You Do scene of the same theme, but it’s exciting nonetheless.
Just in case you were wondering who this movie is catered to, one of the vanity cards specified that it was directed by the person who directed ‘Never Say Never‘ which, I had to Google, was what those of us who aren’t Beliebers refer to as ‘the Justin Bieber movie’. Then, if that wasn’t enough, the trailer plays a One Direction song, so yeah, I think we’re in tween territory here. Beware pink hair, zinc cream and sequins covering the mall next school holidays.
However, if sing-a-long songs and a Pitch Perfect-esque vibe are your thing, then definitely give Jem and the Holograms a go. The cartoon rocked, hopefully these girls will too.