Run time: 115 mins
This is a strange one. The original came out of nowhere and was beloved (at the time) and was reflective of ‘90s Hollywood’s stance of producing “out there” concepts. Now it’s all about regurgitation, with a dollop of cynicism and self-mockery.
At first the committed “family man” and “greatest athlete in the world” Lebon James (playing himself) struggles to understand his son – until he is forced to do so by malevolent sentiment computer programme played by Don Cheadle, who sucks father and son into the Warner Bros ‘Serververse’, forcing them to face off in a game of cyber basketball for the fate of the Tunes and themselves.
It’s not just the Looney Tunes that are present; Warner Bros seemed to have mined their entire catalogue – if you’ve seen Ready Player One you’ll have an idea – from Harry Potter to Casablanca, Wonder Woman and beyond. Bizarrely, even the droogs from A Clockwork Orange pop up. This new Space Jam is reflective of the current ideals of major studios in general; if you can put your disdain for consumerism and consumer manipulation aside for two hours, Lebron and the Tunes certianly put on a colourful display. (Jack Whiting)