Space Jam: A New Legacy
Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) movie review
Space Jam: A New Legacy is a feature-length commercial for HBO Max that follows the exciting drama between LeBron James and his father, who doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps. Everything changes when an AI captures LeBron’s son and forces him to play basketball to win his son back, otherwise the AI will- become famous? Anyway LeBron stumbles across the Looney Tunes and now we have a sequel to the 1996 film that isn’t that good and only holds a cult classic status for nostalgia at best. That said, Space Jam 2 is off to a fairly abysmal reception from critics and audiences, so hopefully this will be the last we hear of this series.
Very special thanks to Clint Frederick from Production meetings for making this our homework for the week! Every week we get together to talk about some movie news and what feels like a terrible movie! I’ll leave a link in the comments to you can go check us out!
I don’t know how to ease in to this one. Space Jam 2 is two hours where any film without CGI cats or two Adam Sandlers would have been a perfectly acceptable substitute. So if you value your time and don’t have the morbid obligation that we felt towards watching Warner Bros. pat itself on the back for the laziest two hours I’ve ever seen, maybe don’t watch this garbage. Okay?
Things I liked: I laughed. Once. No joke, once. LeBron James falls into Toon World or whatever and leave a crater in the shape of a Nike checkmark logo thing. Genuinely funny. Aaaand that’s the only nice thing I have to say about it. One laugh for two hours of “comedy.”
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Every single story choice in this movie is terrible. Let’s make a LeBron movie with Looney Tunes? What? Nobody wants to see that. Space Jam kinda works because it’s a Looney Tunes movie with a 90 minute Michael Jordan cameo. This is a LeBron movie with like an hour of Looney Tunes. And beat by beat, Rachel and I kept pitching ways this could be better and/or funnier. (Stay tuned for our production meeting to hear four of us rant on that topic…)
LeBron delivers a somehow more lifeless performance than his horrifyingly designed CGI counterparts that get absolutely nothing to do. Don Cheadle puts in a hilariously cheesy performance as the villain Al G. Rhythm and- I don’t blame him. His character makes absolutely no sense. He wants to step out into the spotlight to- I have no idea become famous? Wait- SIX PEOPLE WROTE THIS MOVIE? This lazy, unfunny, and downright boring retread with no real value to offer in any way whatsoever? You are telling me that six people thought the jokes in this film would land for this movie’s target demographic of 90s kids and their kids… Wow movie… wow.
Also as much as I was just bored the whole time, as what feels like half of the film focuses on Don Cheadle walking around on a greenscreen set, it was MUCH worse to look at. Everything was lazy CGI or titles on HBO Max which is just people dressed like The Mask and Pennywise and GOSH- look, I spent the last hour of this stupid movie trying NOT to play who’s-who in the crowd of this game in this movie. But at least we get a bunch of fun references! Right? Yeah that’s probably the only thing holding this movie together. And guess what? I thought they were all really lazy. Kids won’t get like any of them, and adults will be already bored from the setup and getting ready to get board once we get to the actual game!!
No, I’m done. This is one of the most worthless, empty, soul-sucking movies I’ve seen since I want to theaters to watch The Emoji Movie (2017). I don’t know what we did to deserve this- Maybe Warner Bros. made a deal with Satan and in exchange for getting the Snyder Cut, they also had to make a really boring movie that feels like the most obnoxious puff piece for the star and production company for the film itself. And that is NOT what this business is about. Say what you will about every lazy Disney retread, but at least they make a lazy effort to get money and DON’T constantly remind us of the studio overlords robbing us. 1/10.
Yeah, Space Jam 2? Did you watch it? Why? And what would you do differently? Again be sure to check out our weekly Production Meeting next week to hear us go on and on about this movie. And check out some past ones too! We spent a good while on Tomorrow War and F9, both of which were somehow better than this… That’s all folks. (I’m dead inside.)
-review by Ryan Prince