I wish Hollywood would stop pillaging my childhood. Stop recycling all that I held dear, just to regurgitate a watered down version of the original at $10 bucks a pop.

To be fair, there have been some excellent remakes in recent memory; but for every “21 Jump Street” there are a dozen others that should have remained in the original decade they came from, as was the case for the highly anticipated remake of “Sparkle.”

Originally released in 1976, “Sparkle” is a cautionary tale of Detroit bred Dee, Sister, and Sparkle; siblings with musical ambitions who go on to find both success and heartbreak as a Motown trio during the 1960s. Set to the backdrop of the racial unrest of the times, the original was both gritty and raw; focusing on the lives of Sparkle, who would go on to seemingly rise from the ashes after the crash and burn of Sister, the “star” of the family.

This reincarnation should be noted for giving more depth to the characters. The audience finally gets to see the catalyst behind Sister’s, played brilliantly by British/Nigerian actress Carmen Ejogo,  foray into troubled waters, (she’s desperate to finally live her own life after forgoing education in order to help raise her younger sisters.) Mike Epps brings a new dimension to Satin Struthers by providing some insight into his ascension from arrogance to brute, and Whitney Houston transformed the original’s mother from supportive housemaid, to a scarred byproduct of the industry, clinging to religion as a means to prevent her daughters from going through a similar fate.

Unfortunately, Jordin Sparks lacked both the emotional depth and acting chops needed to fill the footsteps left by Irene Cara, the original Sparkle. In this version we never see her truly come into her own; she’s simply pushed to the front by default after being the only sister left in the industry after a string of tragedies.

Moreover; this version lightly treaded on the line of absurd by trying to downplay the violence that added substance to the original; most notably in the rewriting of Sister’s fate, and a fight scene between her and Satin in which  a grown woman is spanked with a belt…in slow motion no less. Oh.

Overall, Sparkle lacks the luster of its predecessor. True fans of the original would be better off staying home to rewatch the 1976 version, and simply wait until this one hits Netflix.