Space Jam: A New Legacy has been posterized by the original!
I am not here to tell you how great the original Space Jam movie starring Michael Jordan was. Space Jam: A New Legacy is a sequel for a new generation and all the kids that look up to LeBron James. However, this movie does reference the first film in many ways that fans of the original will enjoy. It also is a film that can open doors to more cross-over type films with other Warner Bros. properties.
NBA champ LeBron James and his son Dom are trapped in digital space by a rogue artificial intelligence program. To get them home, LeBron must lead Bugs Bunny and the whole gang of undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s team of digitized NBA and WNBA stars. So it’s Tunes versus Goons in a high-stakes challenge that shines a light on the power of being yourself.
Space Jam: A New Legacy will make you cringe at times, but it is visually entertaining. This movie is Ready Player One meets NBA Jam. It is filled with cameos and Easter eggs from tons of famous films made by Warner Bros., but unfortunately, that is when the fun stops. LeBron James is not an actor, so do not expect much from him. The only real “human” actor in the movie that provides a decent performance is Don Cheadle as the algorithm character Al-G Rhythm.. The cheese level of the plot is way too much as Al-G tries to pin a Father and Son against each other. The Looney Tunes were fantastic like they always are but they were not enough to elevate this Space Jam sequel.
I give Space Jam: A New Legacy a 6.5 out of 10. The kids will love the visuals, and the parents will enjoy many of the scenes that are targeted towards them. But at the end of the day, it comes off as a super blatant cash grab! You can watch this movie in theaters or on HBO Max on July 16th.
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