SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY (2021)
There are many films that have begged the question “how did this get made?” Space Jam: A New Legacy is one of them.
LeBron James is digitized and trapped in the Warner Bros. Serververse where he must put together a team to defeat Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle) and his players in order to rescue his son. That sentence hurt to write. Space Jam: A New Legacy is a tour de force in in terrible filmmaking, destroying any semblance of the heart and joy of 1996’s Michael Jordan-fronted film and proving once and for all that James is not, nor ever should consider himself to be, an actor. The dialogue is cringeworthy, overshadowed only by the shoddy plot that works overtime to make you despise the Looney Tunes, surely not the intended result. Cheadle is having his “Robert Downey in Dolittle” moment where he apparently is satisfied with all of the Marvel money he has and is comfortable peddling whatever this film was trying to sell (spoiler alert: it was trying to sell every WB product ever).
Space Jam: A New Legacy is an embarrassment to the film that came before it and to those involved. Not one moment of viewing this film was tolerable, let alone palpable. The few laughs it did evoke came from a lack of comfort, not humor, and the forced messaging was laughable.
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