LeBron James is seen quite a lot in the media these days promoting the new Space Jam movie. Space Jam: New Legacy is a project LeBron dedicated a lot of his time to, and the first reviews for the movie are officially out. The first Space Jam came out in 1996, and now 25 years later, in the sequel, instead of Michael Jordan, it’s LeBron James who is teaming up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the crew against new villains.
Apparently, the movie is not welcomed in the same manner as its predecessor. Most of the reviews are actually quite critical of the movie, and a tweet by IndieWire’s Kate Erbland perfectly describes how most people feel about this sequel.
— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) July 14, 2021
Other reviews are even harsher towards the movie, and it seems the underlying thinking is that this is a failed attempt described as ‘soulless exercise. We highlighted some of the reviews, and the majority of them are incredibly critical of the new Space Jam.
It’s been a while since we saw so much negative criticism towards a kid movie, and maybe you’ll have a different opinion after you watch it. Everybody has a specific taste, and opinions differ, so let us know what you think about it if you watched the movie.
As the spin-off of a successful advertising campaign, Space Jam represented the apotheosis of crass commercialism in 1996. So it makes sense that its sequel attempts to do the same, essentially functioning as a glitzy advertisement for the studio that created it. The cast has been updated—our hero is now LeBron James, Jordan’s successor as the reigning king of basketball—and so has the shamelessness, as James and Bugs Bunny zoom through scenes from past WB movies and marvel at how one company could have such a grand history.David Sims, The Atlantic
In the grand scheme of things, the new Space Jam isn’t hateful or inept. It fills a two-hour hole in the schedule, which will keep parents happy, and it brandishes the brand, which will keep shareholders happy. Whether it could have also been a good movie might not have crossed anyone’s mind.Bilge Ebiri,via Vulture
To whom this is meant to appeal is anyone’s guess, except presumably the studio’s marketing department. Children are unlikely to recognize many of the fleeting cameo appearances and cinematic references, while adults will be bored silly by the frenetic pacing that makes you feel as if you’re watching somebody else play a video game. It all feels like Warner Brothers ingested an emetic and vomited up all their intellectual property.Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” attempts to land on a feel-good message. All this cheap, cloying material? It’s really about bringing together a family and encouraging our best and brightest young minds to follow their dreams. It’s a sentiment that should be immune to cynicism, but somehow “Space Jam: A New Legacy” finds the space for it. Truly, it has everything, except an actual heart.Kate Erbland, IndieWire
Space Jam: A New Legacy — which premieres in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16 — is so overwhelmingly suffused with corporate propaganda that it seems like the filmmakers are seeking exactly that sort of praise: not satisfying cinema, not a worthwhile story, not a fun time at the movies, but “a great product.”Joshua Rivera, Polygon
Space Jam: A New Legacy takes almost nothing but wrong turns, all leading to a glittering CGI trash heap of cameos, pat life lessons, and stale internet catchphrases.A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club
As commercial propaganda, this isn’t even convincing, portraying the studio it set out to glorify as a fading institution entering its decadent last-days-of-Rome phase. In this display of expensive corporate onanism, we arrive at a creative dead end for a studio reliant on classics that they’ve stopped minting. Gee, ain’t it a stinker?Charles Bramesco, The Guardian
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