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Comparing the Modern Jem and the Holograms Reinvention to Josie and the Pussycats

20 Mar

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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The new Jem and the Holograms movie is not a terrible movie; it’s a misunderstood movie much like how fans reacted to Josie and the Pussycats. At least with Josie, not everyone got the joke upon its initial release that the story is a satire of consumerism and the music industry at large. These manufactured bands should say something about how the 2015 Jem movie was developed. It looks at how studios control the music instead of the musicians. The story in this re-imagining focussed on keeping a family together instead of being an outright comedy of errors.

Many people have forgotten the video Jon Chu created stating his intentions. He wanted to modernize the story and put it in the context of today’s obsession with YouTube and Social Media culture. MySpace hardly exists in this world, as it was so last year — pardon the vernacular.

To completely forget about the animation’s roots is upsetting. After finding this movie on demand, the pain is not as bad as trying to see this film in a theater with everyone hissing. A small seed from the ‘toon remains but this reveal does not take place until mid-way into the film. Many can argue that this movie is a precursor to where the cartoon started, especially in the fact The Misfits were introduced at the end of the movie, signaling the rivalry the animation constantly dwelled in.

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