Weft. I mean… who could’ve seen this one coming, huh ?! Certainly not literally every human being who doesn’t work at Warner Bros. – who is it. Space Jam: a new legacy was dead on arrival and everyone except those who decided to make the movie knew it from the moment it really started reuniting in 2018. Now here we are three years later and the reviews / reactions to the “movie” have been popping up on the internet, and guys, they’re not pretty.
I put “movie” in quotes because the consensus among critics seems to be that Space Jam: a new legacy is nothing more than a soulless cash grab led by the company that contains more Warner Bros. intellectual property.
predicting that Space Jam: A New Legacy will be a critical, commercial and cultural flop and the executive response will be “no one will touch Looney Tunes for another 20 years” instead of “stuffing shit full of WB IP fucking surprises shit ”
– fka ☕️ (@coopercooperco) July 14, 2021
Since THE EMOJI MOVIE, I haven’t felt the special mark of stabbing existential desperation now provoked once again by SPACE JAM 2. My review of a cheeky display of corporate onanism: https://t.co / LCOURCgeAB
— Charles Bramesco (@danslacrevasse) July 14, 2021
See again: # SpaceJam2 2/5
Space Jam: A New Legacy looks like an ongoing commercial / business promotion for Warner Brothers. Rather than achieving the authenticity of the original, like most sequels, this film is built on forgettable themes and over-the-top storylines. pic.twitter.com/c4x4onIzZi
– Cinema tweets (@ CinemaTweets1) July 14, 2021
Critics don’t like Space Jam: a new legacy
In the current state of things, Space Jam: a new legacy has a review score of 39% on Rotten tomatoes, many having a particular problem with how blatant the attempt to scramble the film with other IPs is.
New York Times: “Several jokes really stick. But the intentional sensory overload mainly produces dizzying amazement, leaving a viewer feeling like Wile E. Coyote after hitting a mesa wall.
Chicago-Sun Times: “I’ve never seen anything like it. I also hope I never see anything like it again, and I wish I could not see what I saw.
Hollywood journalist: “Who this is meant to appeal to, anyone can guess, except probably the studio’s marketing department. “
Atlantic: « Space Jam: a new legacy looks like a glimpse into a more terrifying and siled future, in which having an encyclopedic media library is more important than enjoying the work right in front of you.
Damn, even the soundtrack takes pictures:
To be fair to LeBron, it’s not like the original Space Jam was far from a critical darling (44% critical rating on Rotten tomatoes), but at least this movie was about entertaining the kids and not just a $ 150 million marketing tool.
When and where to watch Space Jam: a new legacy
Space Jam: a new legacy, which stars LeBron James and Don Cheadle as villainous Al-G Rhythm and features athletes such as Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Kyle Kuzma, Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike, will be released in theaters and HBO Max on Friday, July 16.
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