All the acting he’s displayed when he thinks he’s been fouled on the court, didn’t improve LeBron James’ acting. And not even his woke pandering could save Space Jam: A New Legacy from the wrath of film critics, who no doubt certainly agree with the NBA star’s anti-police speech and other left-wing political stances. Being on the same side politically wasn’t enough to persuade critics to give the animated sequel a free-throw.
In fact, the Warner Bros. movie has gotten some of the year’s worst reviews, with critics dubbing it a “stinker” and a “big fat airball.”
“Over its interminable, nearly two-hour runtime, the film repeatedly mocks its very existence.” Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
“I’ve never seen anything like it. I also hope to never see anything like it again, and I wish I could unsee what I HAVE seen.” Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times
“…his reboot shoots a very loud and thudding airball.” Brian Lowery, CNN
“…a mess of celebrity and corporate cameos that fails to capture the weird spirit of the ’90s original” John Nugent, Empire Online
For those that enjoyed the original film, this might manage to scratch that nostalgia itch, but the difference no one seems to be talking about is the fact that instead of a politically smart basketball star playing the lead role, i.e. Michael Jordan (“Republicans by Nikes too”), this time it’s a politically divisive, loud mouthed partisan playing the lead.
LeBron James has adopted a succession of progressively anti-police views since last year’s Black Lives Matter protests reached their peak, culminating in his Twitter threat to the Ohio police officer who shot juvenile Ma’Khia Bryant in order to defend another little girl. With a photo of the cop, the basketball star tweeted “You’re Next.” He then took down the tweet. The National Fraternal Order of Police, the biggest group of sworn law enforcement officers, condemned James’ comments, calling it “disgraceful” and “very irresponsible.”
Space Jam 2 reportedly cost $150 million to produce and received $21.8 million in tax incentives from the state of California, which ranks up there with the highest in the state’s history. Critics have savaged the movie, which debuted Friday. This is just more pabulum from Warner Bros. Let’s see if it makes money for them.