Most parents look for a chance to connect with their kids. Sometimes there are films which offer that kind of opportunity. The Michael Jordan Space Jam in 1996 was one of those. So it makes sense that they attempt to capture lightning in a bottle by redoing the film with this generation’s best player, Lebron James. Where the first film, while not brilliant, was an enjoyable watch this one was a mess.
Wisely they keep the story simple in that James’s character’s son is kidnapped by an evil alien so he has to team up with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game to get his son back. KISS (keep it simple stupid) does not result in no troubles with the script. Even when you are making a film aimed at young people you still have to instill things like sense and character development.
Another problem, which is apparent right from the start, is that Lebron James does not have the presence that Jordan did. As a result, they keep going back to the same well of reminding you how great James is. Slows down the proceedings. Then there is the issue that James is not a very good actor. You cannot hang a film on the back of someone who cannot deliver lines in a realistic way.
A positive aspect is the animation. It is great!
A rare treat is that you get several cameo appearances by big name basketball players like Sue Bird, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Draymond Green, and Anthony Davis.
- First Quarter: Game On
- Second Quarter: Teamwork
- Third Quarter: Out of This World
- Fourth Quarter: The Looniest
- Deleted Scenes