It’s finally here, and it’s a fucking bummer.
When a Jem and the Holograms movie was first announced, this reporter was stoked because she had faith in the team bringing it together. You have Scooter Braun, a successful music producer who could have given the film a soundtrack that was catchy and spirited. You have Jason Blum, who’d reinvigorated the horror genre with great talent and savvy production skills. And you have Jon M. Chu, the director who revived the G.I. Joe franchise with the delicious madness that was G.I. Joe Retaliation. Between these three, I expected a cast bursting with charisma, music that’s downright addictive and scads of spectacle.
Instead, we got this:
BuzzFeed has the exclusive online debut of the Jem and the Holograms trailer!Posted by BuzzFeed Entertainment on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Now, this looks like a totally decent movie about a teen girl learning who she truly is. But that could have been any movie. A Jem movie should have taken a cue from here damn theme song and been “truly truly truly outrageous.” Oh, Jem. What have they done to you?
There’s no sci-fi transformation from Jerrica Benton to Jem. There’s no hint of Misfits. There’s barely any pink hair, and the fashions seen here are far from thrilling. After all the producer’s talk of scouring fan art for inspiration, these tame Claire’s Accessories looks are what they came up with?
This movie looks like the Jem and the Holograms cartoon minus its distinctive dazzle. Or the live-action Josey and the Pussycats movie minus the humor. Who asked for that? Either way, you’re missing out on a major part of what made the property magic.
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