First they came for the Karate Kid, and we did not speak out, because we still had high hopes that Jackie Chan could somehow save it (he didn't). Then they came for The Dukes of Hazard, and we did not speak out because they put Jessica Simpson in denim underwear, and it distracted us. And now they've come for Jem and there is nothing left to speak out about because Hollywood has shown that they will violate on all of our childhood memories with zero shame.
The ongoing Hollywood trend of remaking old favorites has been going on for quite some time; dangling our old favorites in front of our face before devouring and regurgitating them into something that only vaguely looks like what it used to be. So it was really no surprise, when Gen-Xer's collectively groaned after seeing the trailer for the live action "Jem" which debuted on May 12, 2015. The only surprise was that the groaning was louder than expected.
The "Jem" remake is the most recent fatality in the ongoing nostalgic movie massacre. Hollywood grabbed a generic script with a predictable plot, slapped a pink "Jem" sticker on it and called it done. The trailer for the movie shows a complete departure from the original story of Jem and fans immediately noticed several glaring omissions.
So what's missing from the "Jem" movie? In the interest of not wanting to cut this article short by just saying EVERYTHING, here is a list of 10 important things that are missing in the new "Jem" movie.
10 Jerrica/Jem's Dual Identity
7 Jem's Earrings
6 The Adventures
5 The Misfits
4 Being Truly Outrageous
3 The Love Triangle With Rio
2 Jem's Superhero Status
1 The Sci-Fi Aspect
Jem was adventure, romance AND science fiction, which is why the trailer for the movie left such a bad taste in our mouths. Synergy, magic earrings, secret identities were all scrapped and replaced with a script saturated in cliches. The musical sci-fi fantasy and magic of Jem is now just a ho-hum, after school special with boring and basic teen melodramatics with zero adventure and zero sci-fi. This isn't the Jem we remember. In fact, this isn't Jem at all. It's just a bad Wal-Mart knock-off of Hannah Montana, people. Nothing to see here.
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