Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famed basketball player LeBron James, who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game to rescue him.
Review: I saw the first Space Jam movie when it came out back in 1996 and, although I’ve never rewatched it, if memory serves it was a fun movie with a lot of heart. Fast forward a couple decades and here we are again, this time with LeBron James as our titular sports star, the location being the “internet” instead of space (Internet Jam just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Cyberspace, maybe?).
And we have the Looney Tunes once again returning to round out our basketball team with a few changes such as Granny being a player instead of a cheerleader, Lola Bunny (now voiced by Zendaya) getting more screen time and with a more modest makeover, and Pepe Le Pew getting the axe due to his *ahem* aggressive tactics in acquiring dates.
With the latest technology in animation and Warner Brothers-level dollars behind it, you’re probably expecting a fun, fast-paced, family-friendly movie that’s worthy of your Summer viewing time. You would be wrong.
Space Jam: A New Legacy is nothing more than a soulless feature-length advertisement of all the television shows and movies under the WB banner. I would say only adults would pick up on this, but that would be belittling to all the smart kids out there. LeBron is not an actor but I still expected more from him considering his surprisingly good performance in the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck. Here he’s visibly struggling with the part. Acting against a green screen is not an easy endeavour but here’s the thing, Michael Jordan was no actor either, yet his performance felt genuine while LeBron acts like he’s never been in front of a camera his entire life!
The visuals are the strength of this movie and I’ll admit the kid in me enjoyed the concept of all the movies existing in their own little worlds. But other than that and a couple of laughable moments (I remember laughing, I don’t remember the moments. That says it all) this cash grab of a movie is an insult to fans of the first Space Jam.
What else is there left to say? I have no idea how they got stars like Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Sarah Silverman and Steven Yeun to act in this trash. Cheadle especially deserved better than this and don’t get me started on that nightmarishly-awful animated version of him. I’m assuming he was paid ALL the money not to question this weird concoction of nonsense.
If there is any good to be found here, it’s the fact this premiered on both HBO Max and in cinemas saving some audiences from wasting precious outing time. As for those of you who actually left your houses and ventured into cinemas to see it? My deepest condolences.
Sommer’s Score: 4 out of 10
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