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Space Jam 2 Review: Even LeBron James Could Not Save this Overstuffed Sequel

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Space Jam: A New Legacy is a 2021 live-action/animated sports comedy that is directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The movie serves as the sequel to the hit Michael Jordan film, Space Jam. The new Space Jam stars, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson , Damian Lillard and of course the Looney Tunes. 

Fans were hyped for this movie, especially after the trailers and the soundtrack. The soundtrack for the film went platinum six times. It is a 16-track playlist with songs for stars like Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Saint JHN and even NBA superstar, Damian Lillard.  However, the movie did not live up to its hype.

Space Jam 2: The Plot

LeBron James plays the role of a basketball champion and a global icon. He has a son named Dom who is played by Cedric Joe. LeBron is one of those sports fathers in the movie who wants his son to follow in his footsteps and become a basketball sensation. However, Dom has an interest in the field of video games and aspires to become a video game developer.

The two of them find themselves stuck in a virtual space ruled by a tyrannical A.I. The plot of the movie sees Lebron James trying to bring his son back home safely. He teams up with the tunes to win a basketball match against a team of powered up virtual avatars of professional basketball stars.

Space Jam 2 plot

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LeBron James Fails To Save The Overstuffed Sequel. 

Space Jam 2 has mixed reviews from the box office. The best part of the movie is probably the amazing soundtrack. The Los Angeles Times and the Guardian scored the movie a low 20 on Metacritic. The movie is impossible to watch without comparing it to the Michael Jordan starer. The trailers created hype for the movie.

However, the sequel was too overstuffed and is clearly another branding and PR stunt. For instance, when King James is sucked into the Looney Tune World he created a Nike-swoosh-shaped hole in the landscape.

It seems like a lot of characters just throw in for effect. For instance, there is a scene where one can see Pennywise the clown just standing around. Space Jam 2 is so overstuffed with random characters, it does not play as a sequel just for the first film but also for films like Ready Player one and Hook. To finish the review in one line, this LeBron James starrer should provide royalties to Spielberg for being the unofficial remake of his worst two films.

The official trailer for the movie was released on the 3rd of April. It was followed by a new trailer on June 9th. The movie was released on the 16th of July in Theatres as well as on HBO Max.

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