Space Jam: A New Legacy Reviews Have Arrived, Here's What Critics Are Saying About The LeBron James Movie

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To those of you who look back on 1996’s Space Jam with sweet nostalgia, get ready for the sequel: Space Jam: A New Legacy! This live-action/animated comedy features the Looney Tunes characters (duh), plus LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, Cedric Joe, and Zendaya, and was directed by Malcolm D. Lee. When LeBron (who plays himself) and his son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., the basketball legend must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny, and the whole gang to victory on the court over the A.I’s digitized champions.

Will Space Jam: A New Legacy become as legendary as the original? We’ll soon find out, when it releases in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously this Friday, July 16. Critics have started sharing their reviews of the comedy, so let’s check them out.

Let’s start with the home team, like always. Our very own Sean O’Connell really did not enjoy the film, rating it 1.5 out of 5 stars. He had a lot of criticisms, from LeBron’s uninspired acting that made him look bored, to the absolute barrage of Warner Bros. references that you can’t escape, not even for five minutes. O’Connell called the film a “soulless, two-hour commercial” for Warner Bros, and said:

LeBron James looks like he has no interest in Space Jam: A New Legacy, so why should we?

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter had similar criticisms. He thought the movie looks like Warner Bros. just “vomited up” all their property with what looks like an appearance from every character ever featured in a film from the studio. Though he thought the animation was impressive, he argued that the pacing was too clunky, while James lacked the charismatic appeal of Michael Jordan’s performance in the first film. Scheck said:

To whom this is meant to appeal is anyone’s guess, except presumably the studio’s marketing department.

Joshua Rivera from Polygon thought Space Jam: A New Legacy looked like “a marketing slideshow with a two-hour running time.” (Definitely sensing a pattern in these reviews) He thought the comedy was pretty lacking in actual comedy, noting that it’ll probably make children giggle, and criticized the story for not being actually worthwhile and leaving the viewer with too many questions. Overall, Rivera said:

Space Jam: A New Legacy is only really satisfying to people who care about marketing and company profits, people who approach it as a product that’s successfully been sold.

Katie Walsh from the Tribune News Service thought the sports comedy was fun, but still had some criticisms. While she enjoyed the fact that the characters have clearer motivations than in the original Space Jam, she thought Space Jam: A New Legacy lacked any kind of emotional drama. She also commented on the, you guessed it, unnecessary onslaught of Warner Bros. characters. Overall, Walsh said:

It wants to comment on the algorithms that rule our lives, but it is exactly the thing that it points to: an upcycled Frankenstein’s monster of intellectual property spraying a stew of Easter eggs and Halloween costumes at the viewer, praying that something sticks.

While these reviews so far have been pretty negative, Amy Nicholson of Variety actually had some more positive things to say about Space Jam: A New Legacy. She thought it was better than the original, praising James’ commitment to his role and applauding the film for inspiring curiosity about cinema history in kids. Overall, Nicholson said:

Space Jam: A New Legacy is chaotic, rainbow sprinkle-colored nonsense that, unlike the original, manages to hold together as a movie.

Well, this movie seems to be getting somewhat negative reviews. But you'll be able to form your own opinion soon, when the comedy releases in theaters and on HBO Max this Friday, June 16.

In the meantime, plan your next movie-going experience with our summer release guide.

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Space Jam: A New Legacy is one big, witless commercial for Warner Bros. properties

The A.V. Club 15 July, 2021 - 12:00am

The star of a new Space Jam has big Air Jordans to fill, but only when it comes to star power; as an actor, His Airness was as flat and rigid as a backboard. LeBron James, heir apparent to MJ’s throne, seems on paper like a dream trade—he stole plenty of laughs in Trainwreck a few summers ago. Sadly, LeBron doesn’t look much more natural than Mike did trading banter with green-screened tennis balls. And he just looks bored during the Tuneless opening stretch, which establishes the conflict between this fictionalized version of James and his preteen son, Dom (Cedric Joe). The source of their familial strife seems calibrated to speak to ’90s kids and their own more tech-savvy offspring: The King wants his boy to follow in his size-15 footsteps, while Dom would rather design basketball-themed video games.

Look, the original Space Jam, released long enough ago that its adolescent fans might now have adolescents of their own, was shameless product, too. It limped to 88 minutes with detours into Jordan’s swanky mansion and forced its cartoon cavalry to compete for screen time against Wayne Knight and a bunch of basketball players who delivered their lines much less confidently than they put the rock through the net. Worse still, it turned some of the most beloved characters in the history of animation into NBA mascots, their slapstick personalities “comically” replaced with sports-gear cool. (Successfully, it must be noted: This writer was at the right age to see a lot of classmates in Taz jerseys.) But if that modest hit took inspiration from a series of commercials, this simultaneously new-fangled and nostalgia-courting reboot basically is a commercial. What it’s selling is Warner Bros. itself, via a brand-crossover jamboree with all the fun and creativity of a stockholders meeting.

Looney diehards will have to make do with one traditionally animated stretch that puts a cartoon James in the Elmer Fudd role. It’s no “What’s Opera, Doc?” but it at least approximates the comic slapstick style of these characters, however briefly. After that, the Tunes are around only to shill for their studio stable mates, say stuff like “Winning” and “Well, that happened,” and—in the film’s nadir, teased on Twitter a couple weeks back—engage in a truly mortifying half-time rap battle. They don’t even look like themselves, thanks to a mid-film makeover into 3-D plush dolls. Still, in at least one respect, A New Legacy is successful: Even those who hated the first Space Jam may find themselves suddenly nostalgic for its comparably quaint charms.

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