Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James never hesitated about the ghost of Michael Jordan who he hunts as he adds to one of Jordan’s most iconic aspects of his legacy by stepping into his Airness’s shoes as the frontman of “Space Jam: A New Legacy”.
Although the plot has some similarities, such as a high-stakes basketball game with the legendary Looney Tunes, LeBron adds a fun new chapter to the legacy of the original “Space Jam”, which inspired millions of people to watch. pick up a basketball, including some of the stars of today’s NBA.
As theaters reopen and fans return to stadiums, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” represents a metaphorical return to fun like a love letter to the movies and the NBA with countless references throughout. One of the main messages of the movie is that it’s important to know the basics of basketball, but basketball should also be played with fun and style to keep its childish essence alive.
The original Space Jam soundtrack was a huge success and this movie seems to replicate that with its own soundtrack featuring some of today’s biggest stars. With his own production company and having also curated the NBA 2K19 soundtrack, it’s no secret that James is a huge fan of music and movies, which are on display everywhere.
One can’t help but think of the original Space Jam while watching this movie, as the similarities and differences illuminate what it took for Jordan and James to reach their astronomical levels of greatness. Looney Tunes are the single most important factor in getting the message across to have fun, while the biggest difference between the two films is how “Space Jam: A New Legacy” focuses on conveying a message. powerful in family and self-acceptance, who is loyal to who LeBron is and what he preaches.
The original Space Jam begins with a scene of a young Jordan pulling baskets in 1973 with his father, 23 years earlier than in 1996 when the film was released. This movie starts off with an identical setup in that regard as we go back to 1998, 23 years before 2021 with a 12-year-old LeBron ready to go play basketball.
However, this is where the differences between Jordan and James begin to emerge, as the former’s father was instrumental in his legacy, while the latter made no secret that he was raised by a mother. single because his father was not there. It only inspired LeBron to be a better dad, hitting the theme of the importance of family even more.
Young LeBron’s mother prepares him for a basketball game in the 90s, “Ghetto superstarBefore shaking his hand as we learn where LeBron’s iconic handshakes have come from. He walks into the gym while his friends work out while he plays a Looney Tunes game on his Gameboy.
James’ trainer, likely based on the instrumental trainer who helped him raise him in real life, calls him out for focusing on video games instead of basketball before LeBron missed out. a winner. His trainer is putting major pressure on him that LeBron has lost his focus due to video games and it could affect his ability to become one of the greatest of all time as young LeBron throws his Gameboy away.
Chance the Rapper, John Legend and Symba’s song “See Me Fly” begins to play as we walk through a sequence of Lebron’s career highlights similar to the legendary opening of the first Space Jam with career highlights by Jordan on the theme song. We’re going through a journey of not just LeBron’s career, but basketball over the past 18 years in a streak that will bring a smile to any NBA fan.
The streak begins with James in high school before being drafted as we cycle through some of his iconic career moments like the buzzer-beater vs. Orlando in the playoffs, his dunk on Jason Terry, the classic chase block from the 2016 Finals and even his social justice efforts saying he won’t shut up and dribble. The montages are masterful because the ball lights up and shines with animations like a superhero in an Avengers movie.
Lakers fans can rejoice in the streak at the end as it shows Lebron joining the Lakers, has a photo of Kobe and LeBron at the Olympics, the team celebrating their championship in the Disney bubble and the titles even arrive in a photo. from his first dunk with the Lakers. From that moment on, the film begins to take on a more original tone.
LeBron’s oldest son in the film is obsessed with basketball (sounds familiar?) While his youngest son enjoys basketball, but built his own video game at age 12. James immediately tells his youngest son that basketball should be all about work and not playing as the setting for LeBron’s own growth and for him and his son to reconnect.
LeBron showed off his acting skills in “Trainwreck” in 2015, but he once again shows his acting skills throughout the film, easily transitioning from fun LeBron to serious LeBron. Don Cheadle has a phenomenal heel turn as the villain of the movie Al-G Rhythm.
Rhythm, a villain who goes from human to digital, takes LeBron and his son hostage in the Warner Brothers Serververse, separating LeBron from his son, letting LeBron know that he will have to beat him in a basketball game for save his son. Rhythm sends LeBron to Tune World as LeBron comes alive and hooks up with Bugs Bunny to bring Team Tune together.
Several cartoon references ensue, as it can be difficult to shake off the image of the cartoon LeBron in Harry Potter’s glasses and robes the next time he dominates the court. However, in this movie, James dominates the pitch with the new Tune Squad as Rhythm transforms the Tunes into 3D with animation that could rival Pixar.
In this high-stakes basketball, LeBron plays the real-life version of his son’s video game, “Dom Ball,” where you can get style points for ridiculous scores as his son leads the Goon Squad. The Goon Squad features overpowered versions of several NBA and WNBA stars with self-explanatory nicknames such as Klay Thompson playing Wet-Fire, Lakers superstar Anthony Davis playing the Brow (AKA the most flying guy on the team). ), Damian Lillard playing Chronos (a play on Dame Time), Diana Taruasi as White Mamba and Nneka Ogwumike as Arachnneka.
Rhythm tries to manipulate Dom so that LeBron doesn’t believe in him when James really doesn’t seem to understand him. Rhythm also uses Dom’s program to bring all of the Warner Brothers characters and LeBron’s family into the movie, with everyone remaining in the Serververse if the Tune Squad doesn’t win.
Some of these characters include the Joker, Batman, Scooby-Doo, Fred Flinstone, George Jetson, Voldemort, and Pennywise (who LeBron dressed up like for Halloween). They even bring in Ernie Johnson from TNT and Lil Rel to comment.
At one point, TNT’s theme song even plays with many other basketball references such as Lola Bunny, who epitomizes women’s empowerment and is the Tune Squad’s top ballerina with LeBron, shouting “Iverson” before. a smooth crossover and lob. to LeBron. Lola also prepares James for an alley-oop lob before he completes a massive dunk through the legs.
The original Space Jam became incredibly inspiring to people as Jordan and Bugs Bunny started the Tune Squad by transforming a water bottle into “Michael’s Secret Stuff”, using the placebo effect to make the tracks understand that they just needed to believe in themselves. This new Space Jam movie also has an iconic locker room scene as the Tunes are dropping with a hilarious reference to Michael Jordan.
It also really hammers out the fun message as LeBron realizes how tough he was on the air before encouraging them to have fun and be themselves, like he has to do with his son. The Tunes come out re-energized for the second half with LeBron making his video bombshell face puffy.
Hijinks ensue with falling pianos, falling safes and more comic book excess. If you want some fun look no further than a scene from the second half where Porky Pig transforms into a “Notorious PIG” rapper and decimates a rap battle with a few lines of fire as the Tunes earn style points. major on the dashboard.
In the second half, LeBron and his son begin to reunite as he finally understands his son, encouraging him to be himself. The speech he gives to his son includes lines that we can all learn from, but the fact that he says to his son “you teach me” is the ultimate sign of what the film is about as father and son. reconnecting.
The metaphors for how James had to change as a leader on the pitch and become a more beloved teammate who uplifts others by letting them be themselves are clear. If you want to know how the game ends, you will have to watch the movie.
If you’re looking for the greatest movie ever made, you might not find it here. If you’re expecting an incredibly fun time with Looney Tunes and a heartwarming message, you might be watching this version of Space Jam for a long time. Overall, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” is a victory for the legacy of the original, moviegoers, basketball fans, and LeBron James.
Space Jam is now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.
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