Movie Review – ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I’ve had my second cinema experience this year! Last weekend, I saw the movie ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’, the sequel to the 1996 film ‘Space Jam’ which I saw recently on Google Play. I had a great time watching this ‘Space Jam’ sequel as it contains a lot of fun and a lot of Warner Bros. references

The film features basketball player LeBron James. I must admit, I’ve been out of touch with the sports world since I had no idea who LeBron James was when it came to seeing this film. The film also features the Looney Tunes including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, the Tasmanian Devil, etc.

In many ways, the sequel’s plot follows the same pattern as the first film, although with more ‘Hook’ elements if you know what I mean. The film features a shared Warner Bros. virtual space multiverse where LeBron James gets to team up with the Looney Tunes characters to win a basketball game! 😀

This is so he can rescue his son from a deceitful artificial intelligence who wants more recognition for the work he’s doing in the Warner Bros. cyber-multiverse. But LeBron James has to learn what it means to have fun in his life as he and the Looney Tunes use loony antics in order to defeat their opponents. 🙂

In some respects, the story of ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ is a little better than the original film. It helps that the film is about 2 hours as opposed to an hour and a half. With that said, the first film is more memorable than the second film, especially since I grew up with the first ‘Space Jam’ film as a kid. 😀

Also, is it fair for me to say that there are too many WB references featured in this movie? I mean I’m glad I spotted Superman, 1960s Batman and Robin, Scooby-Doo and his gang and the Flintstones, but you would have to purchase the movie and freeze-frame every shot to spot every WB character.

As well as LeBron James, the film also features Don Cheadle as Al-G-Rhythm, the deceptive computer AI who kidnaps LeBron’s son and his name is a pun on ‘algorithm’. 😀 Don Cheadle is very well-known in the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ for playing James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes/War Machine. 😀 It was great to see him in this movie and to play a villain for a change. 🙂

There’s also Cedric Joe who plays Dom, LeBron James’ youngest son who gets kidnapped; Sonequa Martin-Green as Kamiyah, LeBron’s wife, Khris Davis as Malik, LeBron’s childhood friend, Ceyair J. Wright as Darius, LeBron’s eldest son and Harper Leigh Alexander as Xosha, LeBron’s daughter. Most of LeBron’s family are fictionalised in the film. 😀

There’s a cameo appearance of Michael Jordan in the film, though it’s not the Michael Jordan you’re thinking of. It’s Michael B. Jordan who’s been in 2015’s ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘Black Panther’. I found myself laughing away when I saw Michael B. Jordan’s cameo in the film as it’s pretty funny to watch.

As well as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the Tasmanian Devil, there’s also Sylvester and Tweety, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Marvin the Martian, Granny, Speedy Gonzales, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in the Looney Tunes gang, which was great to see. 😀

Lola Bunny makes a return in this ‘Space Jam’ movie too and she’s voiced by Zendaya (who many people will know for playing Michelle Jones or ‘MJ’ in the MCU Spider-Man movies). I was amazed to find Zendaya voicing Lola Bunny in the film, but I can imagine she does get everywhere nowadays.

Rosario Dawson also voices Wonder Woman in the film when she oversaw Lola Bunny’s Amazon challenges with ‘Wonder Woman’ music added to them. 😀 Amazing that Rosario Dawson has gone from being Batgirl in ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ to Wonder Woman in this certain ‘Space Jam’ movie!

‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ has been a fun film to watch and I’m glad I saw it on the big screen recently. I can’t say this film is as a good as the first film and I can’t say it will be memorable as the first film, but I’m glad I got to see it at the cinema. It was fun to see LeBron James with the Looney Tunes.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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