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The “Jem and the Holograms” trailer is here, and everybody hates it. I refuse to sugarcoat this.
“We have to wonder why the creators even bothered,” writes Mashable's Pete Pachal. “We'll reserve final judgment until we see the actual film, but it seems pretty clear the story ditches most of the sci-fi and adventure that made the series unique, substituting a vanilla-favored plot that we've seen in dozens of tween flicks: Sudden fame can be toxic to friendships.”
“The Jem and the Holograms trailer stomps on everything that made the cartoon great,” screams the headline on Polygon.
“In an era when boy-friendly properties are being treated as big budget event movies, it”s a little bothersome, if not quite 'problematic' to see the first modern girl-centric nostalgia adaptation being treated as a comparatively cheap offering that is almost hilariously unfaithful to the original text,” writes Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson.
And from Moviefone's Gina Carbone: “They are slowly killing our childhoods, one toy at a time,”
Twitter commenters weren't particularly happy either:
Look into a terrible future where the Jem and the Holograms team ruin EVERYTHING YOU LOVE http://t.co/V46eBdWOBb
– Ben Kuchera (@BenKuchera) May 13, 2015
The new #JEMmovie trailer: Truly terrible and maddening. The ol' bait & switch. Nothing about this is the pure heart of Jem & the Holograms!
– Athena Stamos (@AthenaStamos) May 13, 2015
Thank you for destroying Jem and the Holograms, Hollywood. *weeps over the terrible movie trailer*
– Penny Moore (@precociouspenny) May 13, 2015
THE TRAILER FOR THE LIVE ACTION JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS MOVIE LOOKS ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE & I AM VERY UPSET RIGHT NOW IN CASE YOU CAN'T TELL!!
– Lauren McKeague (@LaurenMichelleM) May 13, 2015
“They didn't stick to ANY of the source material!” – 31-year-old adult man watching trailer for “Jem and the Holograms”
– Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) May 13, 2015
Thanks for ruining Jem for me. No Misfits, no magical transformation machine (aka Hologram), wtf? Its likw… http://t.co/Qayq4N5U98
– Jia Jiunn Hon (@jiajiunnhon) May 13, 2015
I have seen the Jem and the Holograms movie trailer and my 11 year old self calls bullshit. #getoffmysparklylawn
– Kat (@Kat_Olenska) May 13, 2015
For those of you new to Jem and the Holograms and their awesomeness…This is NOT it. This is terrible! https://t.co/8HSFLWqzqS
– Andi (@andiABCs) May 13, 2015
Dear #JemTheMovie – you turned the story of a powerful woman CEO into a tween Hanna Montana knockoff. I wonder if anyone ever told you no.
– Shoshana Kessock (@ShoshanaKessock) May 13, 2015
William Shatner, meanwhile? Devastated.
I watched the Jem trailer. No star earrings? Where are the misfits? ????
– William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 13, 2015
If Shatner is weeping, we all are.