While most Hollywood directors are experimenting with various genres of films, music based ones are barely their favorites. Having said that, most of those films tend to make big money at the box-office as they are generally targeted towards the younger audience. But then one can hardly get experimental with teenage films. One of the few college flicks that won hearts this year was Me Earl and the Dying Girl, which was based on a best-selling novel.
If a film has a great soundtrack it automatically increases the interest of people. Also, the producers find another way of making money by selling the music on various platforms. One of the most recent films to be based on music is Jem and the Holograms. The film stars Ryan Guzman, Stefanie Scott, and Aubrey Peeples in pivotal roles.
It tells us the story of a singer, her sister and her friends who are aspiring musicians and how they try to make it big in the music industry. The protagonist is a small-town girl who becomes an online music sensation and later makes her way to becoming a global superstar. The film’s basic point is to show us that any talent can make us big and we shouldn’t keep it in hiding.
The plot seems to be true to life as many of today’s renowned music artists have begun from small time performances and online videos. The most prominent example is Justin Bieber who used to upload his songs on YouTube and got noticed by a producer. The rest, as they say, is history.
This year has been a mixed bag for the genre of musical films. While Pitch Perfect 2 won hearts, We Are You Friends starring Zac Efron got panned by many.
Jem and the Holograms is from the makers of the hit film, Pitch Perfect which told us a story of an all-girls singing group. Even the sequel, Pitch Perfect 2 which released this year was a sweet film and had some amazing music. Apart from the great music, Rebel Wilson’s performance as Fat Amy in movie, won several awards.
On the other hand, We Are Your Friends suffered from a poor script and even the heart-throb Zac Efron couldn’t save the film. Says a lot about content being the king and just signing some big names won’t necessarily make a film work. Now, we can only hope that Ryan Guzman has a good script backing him.