The trailer for the new Jem and the Holograms movie has hit the web, and while I can't say this is unexpected, the movie appears to have been given a very modern reworking. Gone are a lot of the defining elements of the cartoon and in their place is what looks like a pretty average teen drama movie with some lame music. It's as if, rather than try to recreate or even reinvent the formula that made the original Jem cartoon unique, Hasbro and director Jon Chu decided to try to recapture the financial success of Hannah Montana and just stick the Jem title on it for built in name recognition. Maybe if Christy Marx had been involved in any way, this would have come out better.
Of course, I understand it's somewhat unreasonable to expect a Jem and the Holograms movie in 2015 to cater to Jude Terror, but I kind of wonder what the movie hopes to gain by changing things up like this. I mean, they're already making a Pitch Perfect 2. I can't really see a lot of people who remember this show from when they were kids being into the movie in this form, and at the same time, teenagers who never heard of the show aren't going feel any attachment to the property, so I'm not sure what sets it apart here, and feel like they've taken the concept and made it as unremarkable as possible. It feels like they kind of missed the mark, and should have gone with, if not a complete retro 80s thing, at least a more "outrageous" story. This just looks dull.
Oh well. Check it out below and let us know what you think: