Space Jam: A New Legacy Review – A Blast from Beginning to End

Space Jam starring Michael Jordan was a hit with NBA and Looney Tunes fans, and it became an instant classic. It also didn’t hurt that the film had one of the catchiest songs ever. “Welcome to the Space Jam!” 25 years later, Warner Bros. is releasing a new movie with another NBA star joining forces with the Looney Tunes in Space Jam: A New Legacy. Lebron James, Bugs Bunny and the Tune Squad will come together in a game of basketball for survival, and the film is a lot of fun with its fun-loving characters and loads of Warner Bros. Easter eggs.

The Story

Lebron James is an NBA superstar, and now he’s going to reach new fans with Space Jam: A New Legacy. In the film, Lebron is trying to be a good father to his youngest son, Dom (Cedric Jo), by coaching him to be a good basketball player. Dom, however, has other things in mind, like making video games. His different dream will cause a rift in their relationship, and that’s when Al G Rhythm, played by Don Cheadle, will be using that to his advantage.

Al G is the ruler of the Server-Verse, located inside Warner Bros. Studios and containing every character from Warner Bros. like Harry Potter, Batman, Wonder Woman, and many more. Now Lebron will have to round up a team of players in order to get his son back and get out of the Server-Verse in a game of high-stakes basketball.

Helping Lebron form the team is Bugs Bunny, who’s also having problems of his own. Al G has convinced the other Looney Tunes characters that life beyond their world is better, and so his mission is to bring them back to form the Tune Squad.

WB Easter Eggs Galore

Lebron James is first and foremost an NBA player, so viewers shouldn’t expect top-notch acting from him. As the film moves along, it didn’t become an issue as he slowly gets comfortable in his role. Plus, that’s part of the film’s charm along with the likable Looney Tunes characters and all the Warner Bros. Easter eggs and references. Getting to see fan-favorite Looney Tunes characters in different WB movies and properties was a treat. For example, Granny and Speedy Gonzales going up against their enemies in The Matrix.

Don Cheadle steals the scene he’s in with his outlandish mannerisms as the villain Al G. Zendaya as Lola brings support and heart as she fights for what is right. Bugs Bunny is the center of the Toon Squad, and although he doesn’t shine in the actual basketball game, he’s still a central part of the story and a dear friend to the main cast.

The high-stakes basketball game is enhanced by importing Dom’s game, which is a mix of NBA Jam and Ready Player One. There are power-ups to boost moves, and there are style points that will give the team an advantage over the others. The audience watching consists of all types of characters including King Kong, Iron Giant, Mr. Freeze, Joker, Batman, the Animaniacs, Catwoman, Penguin, etc.

Space Jam: A New Legacy Final Reaction

Space Jam: A New Legacy is such a blast from beginning to end, from the many WB movie references and the NBA surprises to the lovable Looney Tunes characters. The film is self-aware about an NBA star headlining a film, but it’s still endearing with the father/son story and the message about letting your loved ones reach for their dreams.

Score: 4/5 Atoms

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