Movie Plot – Space Jam 2: A New Legacy: A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famous basketball player LeBron James, who must then team up with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game.
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Writers: Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler, Terence Nance, Jesse Gordon, Celeste Ballard
Cast: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jeff Bergman, Zendaya, Gabriel Iglesias, Eric Bauza, Candi Milo
A New Generation
Those who grew up with Space Jam (1996) may still get warm feelings now at the thought of that wacky game of basketball. At the time, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and the rest of the Looney Tunes enlisted the help of one man: Michael Jordan, who was considered by friend and foe alike to be the best basketball player of all time. It’s pure nineties nostalgia. At least, for some. Indeed, it is quite conceivable that many young people of today will look at this goofy mix of animation and live-action with a different, perhaps even pitying, eye.
A lot has changed in the past twenty-five years. On the one hand, film techniques have advanced enormously. On the other hand, the (young) audience itself nowadays demands more and more stimuli and sensation. The tablet generation is generally easily distracted, so it’s better to bombard them with as many flashy images and hip music as possible, right? Well, I don’t know how the kids will perceive it, but as an adult, I did not like it all.
Sometimes movies are trying too much to appeal to their audiences by throwing stuff they love at them. Sure, there were many movies and tv shows references for the older audience, but I didn’t really need that. For the kids, they throw the high-tech stuff like video games, but then again, it was unnecessary. I was hoping for a fun, genuine story without feeling forced upon our throats.
A huge advertisement for Warner Bros
Indeed, this second Space Jam film was far too often guilty of complacent chest-beating: look at us being the big boy. How? Simple: by taking the viewer by the hand and leading him past a number of successful productions, from Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, and from Mad Max: Fury Road to the beautiful black-and-white classic Casablanca. At first, spotting all these references is still quite a fun game, but after a while, some form of fatigue and irritation begins to set in. Isn’t this just one big advertising stunt?
I’m here to watch the Looney Tunes playing a basketball game with Lebron James. When I got to the basketball part, it became even worse. In the first film, it was, in some ways, still basketball. This wasn’t the case for Space Jam: A New Legacy. No, no, no, let’s &”$# up the only thing that could be good in this film by adding some extra stupid rules. Seriously, why?
Furthermore, you can tell that Lebron James isn’t used to acting. However, I can’t really blame him for that as it’s out of his comfort zone. I will give him credits for at least trying and giving this movie a shot.
Now, some jokes did make me laugh and it was still fun to see Bugs Bunny for a change. You don’t hear a lot anymore about the Looney Tunes which is unfortunate.
Let’s call “Space Jam: A New Legacy” what it really is, a cash-grab. It’s a mess where they showcase all their franchises while screwing up all the good elements of the first film.