Maybe I’m more open minded than most, but I really did think the Jem and the Holograms movie trailer looked ‘truly outrageous.’ And not in a bad way.
Jem and the Holograms was originally a children’s cartoon that ran 65 episodes between 1985-1988. Jerrica Benton is the owner/manager of Starlight Music by day and a mysterious rock star named Jem at night – thanks to the help of holographic projections from a supercomputer named Synergy, bequeathed to her by her late father. With the support of her younger sister Kimber and adopted sister’s Aja and Shana, the four women form the pink and neon admiring band Jem and the Holograms. Together they fight to support foster children and thwart the nefarious efforts of rival bands The Misfits and The Stingers.
Fast forward to 2015 and a live action, Jon M. Chu directed version of Jem and the Holograms is making its way to the big screen in December. The film stars Nashville‘s Aubrey Peeples as Jerrica and features costarring roles from 80’s icon Molly Ringwald and veteran actress Juliette Lewis. The trailer recently appeared on a Universal Pictures YouTube account for their Australian branch and social media immediately began to pick apart the above clip which puts a modern spin on the 80’s animation.
To be honest, I disagree with the naysayers. While I initially didn’t expect much from the rumors of a Jem reboot, seeing the actual trailer made me appreciate the directional vision Chu is taking with Jem and the gang. Chu’s Jerrica (Peeples) starts out severely basic, transforming into her record label born alter ego Jem after being discovered from a singing video posted to a YouTube like online video sharing platform. The way a lot of singers (Justin Bieber, Pia Mia) have been discovered today.
After becoming Jem, trial and tribulation ensue as her Svengali handlers (led by Lewis) control Jem’s every move to the point that it starts affecting her sisterly bonds. If you ask me, the trailer has a very Black Swan feel to it. The struggle between the differences of Jerrica and Jem seem to be a prevalent focus in the film. Yeah, we didn’t see Synergy or The Misfits, but the Jem and the Holograms reboot was obviously not intended to directly copy the children’s cartoon. To be honest, I’m glad it didn’t. I was too young to remember the cartoon, so I appreciate the fact that Jem’s attempting to find a home with modern day impressionable’s. I don’t think Chu’s intent is to disappoint fans of the 80’s original. He’s simply giving creator Christy Marx‘s characters a dose of modern day reality.
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