Space Jam: A New Legacy isn't a slam dunk, based on first reviews

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Photo credit: YouTube - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: YouTube - Warner Bros.

Space Jam: A New Legacy isn't a slam dunk, based on its early reviews.

The reboot stars LeBron James as a fictionalised version of himself, with a supporting cast including Marvel's Don Cheadle, Spider-Man actress Zendaya and Star Trek: Discovery's Sonequa Martin-Green.

The plot follows a quest by James to win back his son in a basketball tournament after he is kidnapped by a rogue artificial intelligence.

Alas, it seems there isn't a lot of love for the Looney Tunes this time around.

Photo credit: YouTube - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: YouTube - Warner Bros.

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While critics praised Space Jam: A New Legacy's visual quality and its fresh depiction of the Looney Tunes characters, including a less sexualised Lola Bunny, the movie also got a lot of flack.

Indeed, while deemed "more entertaining and better paced than the original", reviewers dubbed the reboot's Ready Player One-like "endless pop culture references" a fail.

They also said it lacked any real humour that adults would enjoy, with several critics making the same observation that Space Jam: A New Legacy doesn't feel like a movie at all.

Below is our review round-up:

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

"You wonder how much Warner Bros demanded filmmakers, which included director Malcolm D. Lee and producer Ryan Coogler, cram in as many references to WB properties as possible.

"It's a shame that the cross-promotion was so nauseating and over-the-top because otherwise Space Jam: A New Legacy has a lot of value."

The AU Review

"There's wonder and disbelief to be held (try explaining A Clockwork Orange to your kids) but A New Legacy is mostly child-friendly fare that proves a colourful, inexplicable distraction that’s unlikely to retain, ironically, any type of legacy for itself."

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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"Space Jam: A New Legacy isn't really a story, or even a movie. It's a video game you can't play and a theme park you can't explore."

The Jam Report

"This is a film and it's hard to say anyone involved in this production appears to realise that. Watching a group of cartoons play a basketball video game is about as enjoyable as sitting behind your best friend while they play Mario Kart."

Space Jam: A New Legacy is set for release on July 16 in the US, and July 23 in the UK.

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