So I saw it Space Jam: A New Legacy the weekend, and it’s just awful. Just an atrocious piece of cinema, and a blatant attempt to capture the money out of nostalgia from fans of the original 90s film starring Michael Jordan. I wanted to wait until today to write something on hand though to get the opening box numbers for the weekend. Over the weekend, tons of memes on social media surfaced about how no one was going to see the film in theaters. I don’t watch it in theaters. I ended up creating an HBO Max account to watch the movie. So I thought, maybe the movie wasn’t going as badly as advertised. Perhaps theatrical activity is still recovering from the pandemic, and because of that, everyone just decided to buy the film online and watch it that way.
This is partially true. Space Jam: A New Legacy surpassed the box office over the weekend earning more than $ 31 million nationally and $ 22 million more worldwide. LeBron James ’film took first place away from an MCU film, Black Widow. That should be considered an absolute victory. However, seeing how Warner Bros. he spent $ 150 million on project, this film is unlikely to be considered as anything other than a failure. The film’s weekend opening numbers also indicate that the film may not have much power to stand on. With all the poor reviews of the film coming out again, the film won’t stay on top of the box office for long.
Now, let’s move on to the part of this article where I ripped the film. Not for a lack of money, which I think is all that really matters, but for being an abominable film. I’ve heard many people defend the film saying “You know it’s made for kids, don’t you?” and this is just the worst argument anyone can drum up. I watched the movie. There were so many references throughout the film that the children would never have understood. What he saw 6 years ago Austin Powers o Mad Max? What the boy saw Casablanca? Those, with references to the original Space Jam, which however, no matter how much you might think, are clearly aimed at an older audience. Those pieces were meant to connect with the late 20s, early 30s and audience. However, those pieces always fall flat.
Just because a movie is made with kids rather than the intended audience doesn’t mean it has to be a bad movie. Do you know what other movie I saw recently for the first time? Paddington 2, and it’s a phenomenal film. It has zero pop culture references and zero jokes intended for adults, yet for some reason, the film about a talking bear in a raincoat destroys Space Jam: A New Legacy in every aspect. Toy Story, Kung Fu Panda, The Incredibles, The Princess Bride, Coco, all these films were also made for children, but unlike the new Space Jam film, they all tell a narrative that older viewers can enjoy as well. Trust me, I would laugh at this movie as much as it was meant for adults. When presented to a national audience, a bad movie is a bad movie, no matter what you’re supposed to see.
Obviously, I’m looking for low-hanging fruit by attacking this movie. Everyone and their mother have already done it. Just do a quick Google search for “Revue Space Jam 2” and you’ll see a myriad of online content based on Warner Bros. for this absolute stink of an attempt to profit from everyone’s nostalgia. I just want to point out that while everyone is talking about the evil of the film, ESPN continues to praise LeBron no matter what he does. Just read his review. It’s remarkable.
At the very least, this film will be another fun way to compare LeBron James to Michael Jordan. Obviously, he has no influence on who is the best basketball player. That said, let me leave you with this thought. In the original S.pace Jam with Jordan, the Looney Tunes were attacked and recruited Michael Jordan to help him. It was the ace up his sleeve that Looney Tunes needed to win. In Space Jam: A new Legacy, LeBron James is the one who needs help from the Looney Tunes. Without them, King James would have lost the game and his son. Wile E. Coyote was the MVP of that game, not LeBron. So, tell me who is really the most valuable player.