There isn’t much to say about “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” the shiftless, uninspired sequel to the 1996 fan favorite film. This “updated” movie is awful, playing like a product placement cash cow for Warner Brothers. It’s almost like director Malcolm D. Lee was challenged to see how many WB-owned characters and franchises could be crammed into 120 minutes. (Answer: it sure feels like all of them).
Sports legend LeBron James (starring as himself) and his son Dom (Cedric Joe) are trapped inside a digital space by a rogue A.I. called Al G. Rhythm (Don Cheadle). In order to escape and return to the real world, LeBron must get a squad together to win a no-rules basketball game. He calls on the Looney Tunes gang for help on the court. Soon it’s the “Tunes” versus the “Goons” in a digitized, high stakes challenge where the winner takes it all.
The plot is very loose and unimportant. The film wastes the affable James, and even seeing the classic characters like Bugs, Daffy, Marvin the Martian, and Sylvester may be fun at first, but wears thin almost instantly. The big animated basketball game at the end is so focused on video game rules that it doesn’t feel like a real sport. This means kids who love cartoons and people who love basketball won’t even find much to like, making “Space Jam: A New Legacy” a lame letdown.
By: Louisa Moore