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Space Jam: a New Legacy

  • Action
  • Animation
  • 2021
  • Malcolm D Lee
  • 115 mins
  • U

Summary

A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famed basketball player LeBron James, who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

"Athletes acting never goes well," admits basketball star LeBron James in this irreverent but largely incoherent sequel to 1996's Space Jam, where the sportsman's one-note lead performance is only part of the problem. Combining live action, hand-drawn animation and 3D CGI, the film has ample technical wizardry on display and madcap antics for the kids, but the cobbled-together story is hard to get your head around and seemingly drags on for ever. It sees Don Cheadle's dastardly algorithm - Al G Rhythm - suck LeBron and his son Dom (played by Cedric Joe) into the Warner Bros "server-verse", a virtual world containing all of the studio's creations. When Cedric is whisked away, LeBron teams up with the Looney Tunes gang to get him back by competing in a souped-up basketball match, based on a video game his son has designed. The concept is nonsensical, and the film chaotically throws what seems like the entirety of the Warner Bros back catalogue into the mix, with only intermittently fun results (Mad Max: Fury Road featuring Road Runner and Wile E Coyote is a fleeting highlight). If it hoped to recapture the magic of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it's not remotely in the same league.

Credits

Cast

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LeBron JamesLeBron James
Al G RhythmDon Cheadle
Dom JamesCedric Joe
MalikKhris Davis
Kamiyah JamesSonequa Martin-Green
Bugs Bunny / Sylvester / Yosemite Sam / Fred Flintstone / Yogi BearJeff Bergman
Lola BunnyZendaya
Speedy GonzalesGabriel Iglesias
Daffy Duck / Porky Pig / Foghorn Leghorn / Elmer Fudd / Marvin the MartianEric Bauza
GrannyCandy Milo

Crew

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DirectorMalcolm D Lee

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2021-07-16
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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