Tengoku British International School, Phuket
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


New ‘Space Jam’ a slam dunk

If you are a fan of NBA basketball you will know that over the past few years there has been a huge debate over who deserves to be called the greatest basketballer of all time. Is the great man of the ’80s and ’90s, six time championship winner Michael Jordan. Is it the sadly deceased Koby Bryant, or is it the man quickly closing in on Jordan’s championship and MVP records – LeBron James.

World-Entertainment
By David Griffiths

Saturday 4 September 2021, 02:00PM


Image: Warner Bros

Image: Warner Bros

Well now Warner Bros. have entered a new chapter into that debate. First Michael Jordan was the star of the original Space Jam movie back in 1996 and now they have made LeBron James the star of its sequel – Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Storywise the brand-new film is pretty basic. James plays himself although in this world he is at logger-heads with his youngest son Dom (Cedric Joe – Loving Him). Dom is a gifted young video game maker who wants to attend an elite Gamers Camp while LeBron wants his son to follow in his footsteps and to attend a Basketball Camp.

Those two worlds then collide when Warner Bros. highly successful algorithm, literally a digital figure named Al G. Rhythm (Don Cheadle – Crash), makes the decision that the company needs to hire LeBron and digitally insert him into some classic shows and movies. LeBron laughs and rejects the idea and in anger Al G. Rhythm lures both him and his son into the Warner Bros. world where he challenges him to a basketball game to show who has the ‘skills’.

Al G. Rhythm then sets out to create a super-team using the nearly unbeatable players that Dom has created for his game while LeBron is reduced to putting together a team with the forgotten Looney Tunes stars – including the fan favourites Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Road Runner.

The premise behind the film is basic but somehow director Malcolm D. Lee (Girl’s Trip) manages to make it all work. It is obvious that the film is supposed to be a vehicle to not only bring the Looney Tunes back into popularity with a younger generation but to also showcase the entire WB World. There are a plethora of characters appearing from other WB franchises throughout this film so no you aren’t seeing things if you suddenly see King Kong or Voldermort appear… and at times the film itself plays up to that with heavy references to films such as The Matrix.

While some may view that as a negative it does actually become a positive for the film because it ends up meaning that this is a film that can be enjoyed by the whole family. In fact you could argue that while this is clearly a film aimed at kids it is a film that will largely be loved by adults because of the nostalgia factor. If your kids are not fans of basketball or haven’t raided your own Looney Tunes VHS collection then chances are they are going to wonder what on Earth is happening throughout the film.

Internal - Phuket Live Radio 89.5

Of course what WB is actually hoping for is that your kids will fall in love with the good old Looney Tunes characters off the back of this film and that is something that could certainly happen. The animation team behind the film do change-up things during the film and try to make the Looney Tunes characters look more modern and to a certain extent it does work.

The other big question that people are going to wonder going into this film is does LeBron James have the acting ability to pull off a movie like this. The simple answer to that is yes, the long answer is don’t expect to see him in any Oscar-winning roles anytime soon. James does what it takes to make this film work and he is more than passable even in scenes where he has to reach for his emotions. The man who steals the show though is Don Cheadle who seems to be channelling Jack Nicholson’s performance in The Witches of Eastwick throughout the film.

To sum up Space Jam: A New Legacy is not a waste of time but be prepared as an adult to get more out of this film than your kids will. It’s loud, it’s funny and at times is a walk down memory lane.

Space Jam: A New Legacy is screening in Phuket now.

3/5 Stars


David Griffiths has been working as a film and music reviewer for over 20 years. That time has seen him work in radio, television and in print. You can follow him at www.facebook.com/subcultureentertainmentaus

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Myanmar junta court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption

The always unimaginative parotting: "If you don't like it here, move somewhere else". ...(Read More)


Myanmar junta court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption

GerryT81, seems you a bit brainwashed already by continues Dek's insinuations. I am not 'aga...(Read More)


Woman injured as car slams power pole

Another not local 'litle'drunk idiot who didn't understand that in vicinity Heroines mon...(Read More)


China drills are ‘non-partisan’

Good luck with the pie in the sky F-35 purchase after this!...(Read More)


Spearfishing Dutchman nabbed in Phuket

If someone is going to obtain a lethal weapon and then go hunting then they have an obligation to en...(Read More)


Myanmar junta court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption

more than obvious. And comparing the junta in Myanmar with the government here is extremely stupid...(Read More)


Myanmar junta court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption

Timothy , did you ever ask yourself why a certain person is the subject of many responses to his com...(Read More)


Myanmar junta court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption

Barely a blip in the news. Auntie Suu used up her massive international political clout when she f...(Read More)


Myanmar junta court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption

Agree that troll comments are detrimental to this forum. A couple of years back TPN instilled a pol...(Read More)


Spearfishing Dutchman nabbed in Phuket

By all means, attend to a police summons attired in a G-string for a shirt. Showing off one's mu...(Read More)