Review of “Space Jam: A New Legacy” (2021)

Basketball on a wooden gym floor – from Pixabay – NOT from the movie

The story begins in 1998, when a teenage LeBron James plays on his Gameboy, only for his coach to make him focus on basketball, which LeBron eventually agrees to.

Years later, LeBron has a family, including a 12-year-old son named Dom who yearns to pursue computer coding. He has created a video game that was nearly completed – only for it to crash and for all the data to disappear.

Regardless of Dom’s goal of continuing to code computers, his dad pushes him to play basketball when he doesn’t want to. When the two go to the Warner Brothers studio, LeBron says something that annoys Dom and makes him walk away from him

The two end up in a technological background, called the serververse. There, a holographic man named AL.G. Rhythm makes a deal with LeBron. If he can win a basketball tournament, his freedom will be returned. Otherwise, he and everyone against AL.G Rhythm will remain stuck in the serververse. He offers LeBron many opportunities to participate in various Warner Brothers franchises, such as the D.C. universe, “Game of Thrones,” and even “Harry Potter.” But LeBron denies those options, especially after Dom apparently vanished. AL.G then banishes Lebron into the Looney Tunes universe, and has to train characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and many other characters to play basketball.

Despite the negative reviews the majority gave, I happened to enjoy this film a lot, and even laughed numerous times. During the scene where LeBron soars through the Warner Brothers worlds, one of the planets shows Hogwarts from “Harry Potter.” And at some point, LeBron shows excitement about passing the wizarding world, and discovers that he is a Hufflepuff. This is when he travels with the Looney Tunes as a cartoon character.

Which brings me to my next point – when LeBron falls into the Looney Tunes world, he becomes a cartoon character and becomes shocked, especially when his body distorts. When he meets Bugs Bunny, he discovers that the other toons have escaped due to the peril that had occurred. But they eventually return. I especially admired Marvin the Martian’s arrival.

However, the group had to retrieve Granny and Lola, which wasn’t easy. Lola had to fight with Wonder Woman, and Granny was in the middle of battling someone. Yet, I did appreciate their fierceness.

One moment that surprised me was when the characters from the Adult Swim show, Rick and Morty, came through Rick’s jet, even though it stayed brief. Although they don’t use profanity, I really didn’t think they belonged in a PG-rated movie. In spite of that, the film did include some mild naughty language.

And, perhaps, the best part is when all the Warner Brothers’ characters from different franchises, like those made by Hanna-Barbera, Game of Thrones, King Kong, and many more came together for the basketball tournament. It went on for a while, but LeBron and the Looney Tunes’ struggles against AL.G’s team consisting of monstrous creatures kept my interest. I was worried about what would happen.

While the teams had to take breaks, there is a huge part that I can’t forget. That’s when the Looney Tunes got excited for Michael Jordan to save the day… only for it to be a different person: Michael B. Jordan, who is an actor. Lol.

I could go on with many amazing moments, but I don’t want to spoil anything. I did feel like Warner Brothers Studios took over my mind after the film ended.

But an essential strength is how the movie taught some great morals. Examples included understanding your authorities, but also following your chosen paths. 

I give this film a well-deserved 5 out of 5 stars. This is another time I fall in the minority. Oh, well. But I do have a couple of friends who also liked this movie.

Published by Sunayna Prasad

I enjoy writing stories, creating artwork, watching movies and TV shows, cooking, and traveling. These are the topics of my posts. I also publish books, where you can learn about them on my website, www.sunaynaprasadbooks.com. Be sure to copy and paste the link and subscribe to my newsletter on the email list button on the homepage.

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