“Space Jam: A New Legacy” (2021) Movie Review

Starring; LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe. Rated PG. Color. 115 Minutes.

Is LeBron James trying to prove he is better than Michael Jordan again? As a human being, LeBron is head and shoulders above the ‘Air Man’ himself. From his school for low income families to his strong political activism to being one of the only professional athletes loyal to his wife ever, LeBron is the ultimate role model for the kids. And yet, once again his attempt to overtake Jordan as the G.O.A.T. on the court is an absolute waste of time. “Space Jam: A New Legacy” is very much devoid of family fun with little to offer the younger generation unfamiliar with the Tune Squad.

LeBron James stars in “A New Legacy”, the latest chapter of basketball superstars and Looney Tunes characters going head to head. LeBron wishes his boy Dom (Cedric Joe) would follow in papa’s footsteps on the court. Dom wants to play and develop video games going forward in life. The King does not exactly love that idea, but after all Dom is his son.

Social media is officially the new standard in the world. A beast that will possibly doom LeBron. His little guy Dom is kidnapped by a strange internet/A.I. troll named AI G. Rhythm (Don Cheadle). Not exactly sure what AI G. Rhythm’s motivation is, but who cares I suppose? Hashtag shoulder shrug.

AI G. Rhythm has taken over several great basketball players and made them supersized digital monsters, similar to the tiny aliens in the first “Space Jam” taking the skills of 90’s NBA legends in order to beat MJ. Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, and WNBA superstar Sue Bird make up what appears to be an unstoppable color coded all-star team.

It is up to LeBron to lead a group of quirky players called The Looney Tunes in the ultimate game of basketball with the hope of rescuing his son. Again, no idea why the little dude was captured. Enter in the cast of classic characters and they, to be honest, don’t really do much. Was Bugs Bunny in this movie? I think so? Sorry, I must have forgot. When The Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote are the most memorable parts you did not give The Looney Tunes justice. Side note, Marvin the Martian killed it too. But the main stays were stuck in the back burner here. And on top of that, how many cartoon characters from other franchises do you have to shove into one film? This is Looney Tunes, not Comic-Con!

The lovable energy that oozed out of the original “Space Jam” is all but absent with this attempt at a sequel. I will give you Daffy Duck being nearly shot to death by Yosemite Sam. Hilarious. Beyond that and a few brief key moments, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” does exactly what I figured it would. A phenomenal player starring in a movie he cannot carry. Stick to being a co-star playing yourself as you did in “Trainwreck”. That was funny. You can lead a championship basketball team LeBron. You are not a leading man on the silver screen. Know your place King. At least you didn’t have R. Kelly do your soundtrack this time around.

Suck Factor: 5 out of 7 (7 Means Your Movie Really SUCKS!)

The SUCK FACTOR! How it works. We have flipped the script on the rating system. If you make a masterpiece, ala “The Godfather”, you receive 0 SUCKS! If you create total garbage, ala a Michael Bay picture, you receive 7 out of 7 as your movie really SUCKS!

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