“Jem is excitement, Jem is adventure, glamour and glitter fashion and fame, Jem the music’s contagious, outrageous Jem is my name no one else is the same, Jem is my name, JEM!”
In case you haven’t heard yet JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS is getting a Live Action film thanks to Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun Productions,and Hasbro and is being directed by the one and only Jon M Chu , this news brings me pure excitement. Now before you all go and start yelling about the millions of movies that should and need to be made before this, like say a Wonder Woman movie, I am going to tell why this is not only great news but important news and no it has nothing to do with glamour or glitter, well ok maybe just a little.
Way back in the 80’s Jem was a hit and almost every little girl will agree with me on this. While the boys had great toys like He-Man, Transformers and G.I. Joe (two of which already have great movie franchises built off of them) we girls had Barbies and Jem, well actually if you look at my toy collection I had all of the above. Now if you look at the path of movies we have had a great number of films created on 1980’s nostalgic boys toys and almost none on girls toys, and while yes the movies that were made were fun and reached a wide audience I am loving this turn to 80’s nostalgic female characters. This is exactly why it is, wait for it, important for movies like this to be made. It means that studios and production companies are opening their minds and wallets to make female character driven films. This movie may be horrible, it may tank, but it also could be great fun and the fact that this is even heading to the big screen opens doors to even more great female driven movies and yes even the other 80’s stuff we love like He-man! A female driven franchise is still the exception to the rule even with amazing films like The Hunger Games and the upcoming Divergent. I know I am dreaming big here but imagine if this film does well and it opens the door for other great female 80’s characters like She-Ra or even (dreaming bigger here) Rainbow Bright. Not only is this great fun for girls like me but allows a whole new generation to fall in love with these beloved characters.
While I am a huge fans of all things superhero I still can’t help but hope that JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS is a success and opens the floodgates for more films like it. The original show was fun and exciting, it had musical numbers that were so outrageous they were great and always had some great crime solving which even ended with explosions, yes fanboys I’m talking to you here, explosions and big ones! So before you go on counting out the fact that this movie is being made, applaud the companies that are backing it and hope for its success because if it does succeed we will get all those other movies we have been longing for, for so long! So Thank You Scooter Braun, Jon M Chu, Hasbro and Blumhouse Productions for making me take out my pink wig and glitter and get outrageous!