"Space Jam: A New Legacy" (2021) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #139 Gem Mint 10.0

“Space Jam: A New Legacy" (2021)

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Writer: Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler, Terence Nance, Jesse Gordon, Celeste Ballard, Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod

Starring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Zendaya, Eric Bauza, Candi Milo, Bob Bergen, Fred Tatasciore, Rosario Dawson, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green

Rated: PG for some cartoon violence and some language

Runtime: 1h 55min

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi, Sport

Country: United States

Language: English

Available On: Various VOD platforms / HBO Max

"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."

You might like this if you like: LeBron James, Basketball, 'Looney Tunes', Animation, Adventure, Comedies, Family Movies, Sci-Fi, Sports, Video Games, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Zendaya, Eric Bauza, Candi Milo, Bob Bergen, Fred Tatasciore, Rosario Dawson, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green

LeBron James in "Space Jam: A New Legacy" (2021)

A whole new world! I couldn’t believe they actually pulled this one off! So much fun! Exactly what I hoped for!

Probably should read my review for “Space Jam” (1996) first.

I knew I was going to loved Lebron James because he won my heart over in Judd Apatow’s highly underrated “Trainwreck” (2015) film. Never seen him play a single game, but like Michael Jordan, won me over with his performances.

"Space Jam: A New Legacy" (2021)

So happy to see the 'Looney Tunes' again, in a new gleam, and playing with the 2021 properties! The references were out of control! I was literally trying to guess all of them before they would happen, but they got me good on some of them that I really didn’t expect!

Once again, I was very impressed by the original monsters that Cedric Joe’s character created. Especially amongst a world that’s filled with some of the greatest properties a movie studio can own. You’d think they’d almost go with the greatest Warner Brothers property villains to go head to head with the 'Looney Tunes' and Lebron James but they stood out to me amongst a sea of already loved characters and references.

Even though it was a pretty simple lesson, I loved the relationship between Lebron and his son. To just have fun. It’s so easy to forget and I appreciated the reminder. Cedric Joe and Lebron James really sold me on that father son relationship that I thought it might’ve actually have been his son.

Cedric Jones (left) & Don Cheadle (right) in "Space Jam: A New Legacy" (2021)

Don Cheadle was so much fun to watch! Having jump from Marvel over to… DC, basically, was awesome! And he got to play god and play with all of those references through his character. I appreciated getting to see him play a different shade than I’d been seeing him in the last few years especially as our hero from the ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Avengers’ films; ‘Rodey’ aka ‘War Machine’.

"Space Jam: A New Legacy" (2021)

Definitely one of my favorites of the year! It’s the much needed fun I didn’t know I needed! Adventure, laughs, nostalgia, love and well, again, lots of fun!

Written by Sam Gall on 08/02/21

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

"Space Jam while nostalgic and beloved by a generation, is not a "good" movie. What makes it work is knowing it is silly and allowing yourself to enjoy the weird blending of these two worlds." - Princess Weekes, The Mary Sue

"All things considered, yeah, this newest "Space Jam" installment is a good time and boasts real heart." - Warren Cantrell, The Playlist

"More than a tribute to LeBron James, Space Jam: A New Legacy is a veneration of nostalgia." - Susana Guzman De la O, Cine Premiere

"Space Jam: A New Legacy did something I had not anticipated: It was a sweet, smart, funny and engaging movie." - Matthew Rozsa, matthewrozsa.com

"Space Jam: A New Legacy is a fun family movie bolstered by a good heart and strong visuals that make up for a lack in originality." - Chris Agar, Screen Rant

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