The recent premiere of the Space Jam sequel “A New Legacy,” featuring LeBron James as the main protagonist, has turned the whole basketball world into film critics and experts. Well, of course, as another chance to compare Jordan and LeBron got handed to us, sparking debates of who is the better actor and how it impacts their basketball legacy.
When the original Space Jam got released back in 1996, it was an instant hit, as children and adults saw great enjoyment from the film that got labeled amongst some of the most iconic sports movies ever. The sole effect of having Michael Jordan star made it huge, but with other stars like Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, and many more, it was the perfect mix for basketball fans and kids wanting to see the Looney Tunes play with them.
So when the sequel got announced, featuring LeBron James in MJ’s role, the people were divided due to the difficult task of emulating the original. But LeBron being himself and ambitious as always, decided to take on the challenge in his own way. So after years of waiting, the movie premiered last week, and let’s just kindly say it got mixed reviews. Many fans didn’t like it because the film went a totally different route, while others argued it was too long and cheesy for their liking. You’ll also hear a lot of “It just served as a vehiclle to plug other Warner IP.”
But one of the harsher critics came from who else than the director of the original Space Jam movie, Joe Pytka. He shared his thoughts on the sequel, all while roasting LeBron for his performance.
“He (Bugs Bunny) looks like one of those fluffy dolls you buy at an airport gift shop to bring your kid when your business trip has taken too long. I couldn’t finish it in one sitting. The truth is that LeBron ain’t Michael.”Joe Pytka, TMZ
Pytka would also continue his rant, saying how the supporting cast, soundtrack, and LeBron’s level of world fame compared to MJ were all inferior compared to the original. The director joined many others who didn’t enjoy the movie, but to be fair with such a big project, it is hard to please everyone.
Now I’m no film critic, but I personally enjoyed the original movie more. Something about its aura and simplicity stuck with me and made it the unquestionable winner of the debate. But that doesn’t mean the sequel “A New Legacy” is by any means bad. Obviously, a lot of time and money went into it, but the movie went in a different way, orienting on the theme of family rather than basketball.
To add to it went on for way too long, with references and jokes only children will find funny. To be fair, it is a kids’ movie, so the target audience got their money’s worth. But for us old basketball romantics, we got left with a feeling of Jordan persevering over LeBron once again.