Space Jam 2 Movie Review: A Looney Tunes Adventure
Space Jam: A New Legacy is a 2021 American live-action/animated sports comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee, serving as a standalone sequel to 1996’s Space Jam. It is the first theatrically-released film to feature the Looney Tunes characters since Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), and is also a combination of live-action, traditional hand-drawn animation, and 3D CGI effects.
The film stars basketball player LeBron James as a fictionalized version of himself, along with Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Cedric Joe in live-action roles, while Jeff Bergman, Eric Bauza, and Zendaya headline the Looney Tunes voice cast.
Set in a shared Warner Bros. virtual space multiverse, the film follows James teaming up with the Looney Tunes to win a basketball match against digitized champions to rescue his son from a rogue artificial intelligence (AI).
If you loved the first Space Jam installment, limit expectations for an even better sequel to yourself — Space Jam: A New Legacy might be a little bit disappointing. The sequel takes on the same ideas as the original film, save for the stakes getting more personal when the “serververse” is involved.
Family plays a big part in Space Jam 2, with the underlying theme of staying true to oneself. The script, however, fails to offer an added value for the sequel – You can’t help but compare it to the first, of which, for the record, was much better.
All in all, basketball and animation enthusiasts will really love Space Jam: A New Legacy.
• Star-studded lead and supporting cast.
• Impressive cinematography and CGI effects.
• The sequel lacks self-referential wit.
• None whatsoever.
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