Woof. I mean… who could’ve seen this one coming, huh?! Certainly not literally every single human being that doesn’t work at Warner Bros. — that’s who. Space Jam: A New Legacy was dead-on-arrival and everyone, except those who actually decided to make the movie, knew it from the moment it started to really come together back in 2018. Now, here we are three years later and the reviews/reactions to the “film” have hit the internet, and folks, they ain’t pretty.
I put “film” in quotations because the consensus amongst critics seems to be that Space Jam: A New Legacy is nothing more than a corporate-driven soulless cash grab that contains more shoehorned-in Warner Bros. intellectual property than it does actual plot points.
Warner Bros lifting the Space Jam 2 embargo pic.twitter.com/XWWEbfRVio
— Matt Prigge (@mattprigge) July 14, 2021
Space Jam 2 already the worst movie of the 21st century lol https://t.co/VUi5CLI4ew
— OG Slim (@Jody_McFly) July 14, 2021
predicting that Space Jam: A New Legacy will be a critical, commercial, and cultural flop and the exec response will be "no one's touching the Looney Tunes for another 20 years" instead of "stuffing shit full of WB IP surprises fucking sucks"
— fka ☕️ (@coopercooperco) July 14, 2021
Not since THE EMOJI MOVIE have I felt the special brand of stabbing existential despair now provoked once again by SPACE JAM 2. My review of a brazen display of corporate onanism: https://t.co/LCOURCgeAB
— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) July 14, 2021
Review: #SpaceJam2 2/5 🌟's
Space Jam: A New Legacy feels like an ongoing corporate commercial/promotion for Warner Brothers. Rather than reach for the authenticity of the original, like most sequels, this movie is built on forgettable themes and overblown plot-lines. pic.twitter.com/c4x4onIzZi
— Cinema Tweets (@CinemaTweets1) July 14, 2021
MJ when the Space Jam 2 embargo lifted pic.twitter.com/6ADpmTOWcQ
— Mark Ellis (@markellislive) July 14, 2021
Critics aren’t loving Space Jam: A New Legacy
As things currently stand, Space Jam: A New Legacy holds a 39% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, with many having a particular issue with just how blatant the attempt to jam-pack the film with other I.P. is.
New York Times: “Several jokes actually stick. But the purposeful sensory overload mostly yields head-spinning stupefaction, 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 to never see anything like it again, and I wish I could unsee what I HAVE seen.”
The Hollywood Reporter: “To whom this is meant to appeal is anyone’s guess, except presumably the studio’s marketing department.”
The Atlantic: “Space Jam: A New Legacy feels like a preview of a more terrifying, siloed future, one in which having an encyclopedic media library is more important than enjoying the work right in front of you.”
Hell, even the soundtrack is taking shots:
I reviewed this pretty shitty Space Jam soundtrack lol https://t.co/udhFkymz4N
— Alphonse (@Al_Peeair) July 15, 2021
To be fair to LeBron, it’s not as though the original Space Jam was far from being a critical darling (44% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes), but at least that movie was about entertaining kids and not a mere $150 million marketing tool.
When and where you can watch Space Jam: A New Legacy
Space Jam: A New Legacy, which stars LeBron James and Don Cheadle as the villain 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 hit theaters and HBO Max on Friday, July 16.