“Space Jam: A New Legacy” is the highly anticipated sequel to the 1996 film, “Space Jam.” The first film starred Michael Jordan as the leader of the Toon Squad, and its successor will feature LeBron James as the bridge between humans and cartoons. “Space Jam 2” is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by Warner Brothers.
The first “Space Jam” is a classic. Michael Jordan and his interactions with characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and other Looney Tunes’ staples are hilarious. It was also a major breakthrough in animation, as few films combined live action characters with cartoon. And finally, the showdown between the Tune Squad and the Monstars is an all-time ending for sports films. Unfortunatly, fans of the first movie don’t seem too impressed with it’s sequel.
When an older film gets a contemporary follow-up, blood will be shed. OG fans are very vocal about their anti-reboot feelings. We saw this with “Ghostbusters,” “Top Gun,” and now “Space Jam.” However, as a stark lover for the 1996 original, I can’t help but gripe with this newest trailer. To me, “Space Jam 2” looks more like “Ready Player One” than “Space Jam,” and I’m already over the LeBron James and his son arc. The beauty of “Space Jam” lies in its simplicity – Michael Jordan wants to beat the Monstars because they insulted his skills. That’s right, PRIDE is the movie’s motivation, and if you’ve seen “The Last Dance,” you can laugh at the accuracy.
Why 2021, does every movie need a deep emotional pathos? Why can’t I watch LeBron James dunk on an animated Monstar for 90 minutes? Honestly, the only thing “Space Jam 2” has going for it right now is it’s supporting cast. Don Cheadle as an emperor (?) and Zendaya voicing Lola Bunny is great, and apparently Jim Carrey has a cameo. So that’s cool.
But, I digress. It’s only a trailer, and if we can learn anything from “Taxi Driver,” it’s that trailers are perhaps not the best indicators of a movie’s success. Maybe LeBron delivers an Academy Award winning performance. Maybe “Space Jam: A New Legacy” receives “Godfather”-level reverence. Only time will tell.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” hits theaters on July 16, 2021.