If you grew up on Jem and the Holograms and were excited about seeing the truly, truly, truly outrageous ‘80s cartoon rendered in live action on a big screen later this year, this new trailer may just bum you the fuck out.
If you’re expecting to see the Misfits, or Jem’s magic earring, or even a group of empowered young women travelling the world rocking out and making the world a better place, you’re going to be sorely disappointed (even William Shatner noticed the lack of Misfits). Instead of any of the things that make the cartoon rad, this is the story of a girl who puts a mediocre song on YouTube and becomes famous overnight and has to cope with all that entails. It’s like Josie and the Pussycats, only without the satire, and, from what I can tell, with way shittier songs.
Maybe I had unrealistic expectations for a movie based on a cult favorite cartoon from decades ago, but I can’t help but be disappointed by what we see here. It’s truly outrageous, but not in a good way. Jem and the Holograms hits theaters on October 23. Check out the new incarnation of the rocker and see what you think.