A modern, relevant, and funny remake of a kid’s film classic with great acting from Don Cheadle and LeBron James results in a pleasurable viewing experience.
For a millennial woman who grew up on Michael Jordan’s Space Jam, this is saying a lot.
Like its predecessor, there’s a mixture of live-action and hybrid animation to computer graphics resulting into a big game of hoops. Your favorite Looney Tunes characters make appearances to spark up nostalgia. But the obvious change is the centerpiece of the operation, superstar LeBron James. There’s some conflict: a evil villian abducts LeBron and his son, separating them and holding the son up for ransom. There’s the action the Looney Tunes characters brings with Bugs Bunny doing Bugs Bunny things.
Wile E. Coyote blows things up, Marvin the Martian shoots his ray gun, Yosemite Sam fires pistols. Everyone else suffers smacks in the head and birds flying around their head in extreme cases.
The Goon Squad is made up of real-life basketball players who’ve become animated monsters (including a slithering snake). There are clear messages about teamwork, the need for parents to support their children in exploring their own interests, and that success comes from being yourself. All in all, a very good children’s movie with a few lines and scenes that caused me to chuckle.
The soundtrack is good too.
A collaboration between Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin for the opening track “We Win” is phenomenonal.
We will be better than ever– Lil Baby on “We Win”
Made a promise, we can do it together
And I ain’t breakin’ my word
In my opinion, Lil Uzi Vert is a superstar and him doing a ‘Pump Up the Jam’ remake is a marriage I didn’t know I needed to witness. Dame D.O.L.L.A. made an appearance, getting on a song with G-Eazy, P-Lo, and White Dave for ‘About that Time’. How apropos. Anything Big Freedia puts out is a guarantee bop and ‘Goin’ Looney’ didn’t disappoint.
A blast from the past in Salt-N-Pepa joining forces with Saweetie and Kash Doll for a girl power extravaganza on ‘Hoops’.
Salt-N-Pepa on your hit list– Salt-N-Pepa on “Hoops”
Can I get a witness?
We lit, that’s my sis
And it ain’t none of your business
On the court, I’m heartless
Takin’ charge, I’m lawless
They takin’ no losses
Where my lady bosses? (Right here)
Wanna try me? You should check the score
Since ’86, we been putting numbers on the boards
John Legend, Cordae, Joyner Lucas, Lil Wayne have some bops on the soundtrack too.
In the end, whoever didn’t like the new Space Jam are some haters! It’s a kids movie for goodness sake.