I apologize for not posting this earlier, when the trailer was released last month. I was busy and forgot that I made this article. So, enjoy!
Saw the #JemTheMovie trailer. So far, looks like “Hannah Montana” meets “Josie and the Pussycats” movie.
— Star Haven Studios (@starhavenstudio) May 13, 2015
This was my initial reaction when I saw the trailer for the upcoming Jem and the Holograms movie. I still stand by my Twitter statement. However, I can’t say that it will be a bad movie. In fact, my prediction that the movie itself will be a simple, “meh”.
Yes, I know it’s not the same Jem and the Holograms that many like myself watched when it aired in the 80s or on the Discovery Family (formerly HUB Network). But let’s think about this. This is the same reaction that people were giving when they showed Sony Animation’s Smurfs movies or Michael Bay’s rendition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So far, I can vouch that the first Smurfs movie from Sony Animation was…odd (Hank Azaria’s performance didn’t help). However, I will not say anything about any movie until I see the full feature. That’s how it should be, right? I mean, I remember dissing Super Mario Galaxy when it was first announced, but after playing it, I really loved it.
It’s inevitable that mainstream media (e.g., Hollywood movies and TV shows) will change a franchise, especially a franchise that is about 30 years old. And yes, sometimes adaptations fail; sometimes, they succeed. However, when you change something that is dated to make it modern, you have to make it timeless. Even Jem and the Holograms, a series that screams 80s mainstream from the outrageous fashions and slang to the magic or technology, can be made timeless. From the initial trailer, the only thing we see is the bad fashion sense and a plot that looks like it was ripped from a Disney Channel movie.
I know fans of Jem are angry that there little or no reference to the cartoon. I sympathize with them. Director John. M. Chu could have put in more effort into making the movie a bit more like the cartoon. He could have added “The Misfits”, which could add a rivalry subplot. He could have Jerrica be a computer nerd to program a hologram using the program, Synergy. I mean, Jem did say the catchphrase, “Showtime, Synergy” in the movie; he can’t have her say it for no reason, right?
Right now, from what the first trailer has shown, it looks very underwhelming. Regardless, please remember that this was only the first trailer for the Jem movie. We could see “The Misfits” and thanks to that iconic line mentioned, we might have Synergy in our story. But for now, we’ll have to wait until the movie is released and prove whether or not this movie is “truly outrageous”.