@Joker1943 is it because of lebron James
@Camcar03 Here are the reasons
The main problem of this film is that it mostly serves as a way to self-promote Warner's properties rather than being a real movie with a real story. It's honestly very worrying to see how studios are now more invested in setting up shared universes and filling up their movies with easter eggs and pop-culture reference cameos because that's what this movie is more focused on. In fact, this is what Ralph Breaks the Internet did with their Oh My Disney scene, except there, it only took up one scene, while this, literally took up at least 80% of the entire movie.Cartoon Network characters (owned by WarnerMedia)
This film has been in development for 25 years after the original film, which feels very late to do another Space Jam movie.In fact, they planned to make multiple sequels based around not just basketball but based around different sports (even spies), but all of them got cancelled except this one.Also, the director is thinking about making a third movie based around wrestling, but given the current box office numbers and critical reception, it may end up being cancelled like with the rest of the sequels that were once planned.
A lot of the acting is poor, especially from the random cast such as LeBron James, even stand-up comedians and celebrities like Zendaya (who voices Lola Bunny), and Gabriel Iglesias (who portrayed Speedy Gonzales in the movie).Speaking of Zendaya, she was miscast as Lola Bunny. Lola's original voice actress, Kath Soucie, was reported to reprise her role; however, Zendaya was chosen instead for unknown reasons, most likely to get more people to watch it, and that is exactly the problem with these sequels and TV to movie adaptations, where they recast an iconic voice actor for someone more famous, just to get more views. Case in the point, SCOOB!, where every iconic voice actor from the show Scooby-Doo is replaced with celebrities, except Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo himself.
The premise is very dumb, generic, being that LeBron must play Al-G Rhythm in a basketball game to get his son back only because LeBron said Al's algorithm was bad. In fact, there were even false rumors that they were going to battle for Instagram followers, meaning that the plot that we ended up with is not much better.Bugs Bunny's storyline is dumb as well, and it doesn't really make sense: His friends suddenly decide to abandon him just because they got turned on him and now they want to explore other worlds so he wants to get them back; but, why did they abandon him just like that? They're supposed to be a group. This is never explained why all his friends had left him in the first place.
There's also a big problem with the Looney Tunes themselves: they don't have a real motivation or a reason to join the Toon Squad and win the game. In the previous movie, they were forced to play and recruited Michael Jordan because their freedom was at stake and if they lost they would be imprisoned by the aliens; in here, they join the Toon Squad just like that and the real stake comes right before the game starts and this one is very predictable: if the Looney Tunes lose, they will be deleted permanently, it's in that moment when you realize that the Tunes themselves are basically minor characters of their own movie, they're only a plot device so that this sequel can exist but they don't drive the story and are almost irrelevant on it.Although the original movie was not a masterpiece, but Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes actually had character identities, goals, and arcs. In here, they make no effort to try to shoehorn the references, hints, or cameos in another way to enrich the plot; they simply exist, their mere presence is seemingly enough.The Looney Tunes are basically treated as a whole individually. They do understand what the essential characteristics of each character are but from there they fall very short. Yes, they are silly, crazy, violent but in reality, it's not only that; if this cartoon had only been about violence and wackiness, it would not have gone so far, there was ingenuity at the time of writing that violence and the interactions between the characters were what made the show fun. Here, they start to feel like background characters, the ones who are in the crowd watching the game not the main ones, they don't have any identity, and we're talking about the Looney Tunes.
There are a few rather pointless moments throughout the movie, like Granny saying "haters gonna hate", and a rap battle with Porky.It even has dated internet dances, like the scenes with Lebron's son (in video game form) doing the "shoot" dance, and the dabbing done by Lebron.There's even a reference to the Looney Tunes episode Wabbit Twouble, where Big Chungus is referenced, most likely due to its cult following meme status, and not out of homage to the source material.It was later revealed that Big Chungus has officially become canon, mainly due to him being playable for Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem game.
The idea of using characters who don't have anything to do with the Looney Tunes could be somewhat confusing for some viewers.Likewise, the idea of having some R-rated characters such as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Agent Smith, as well as any characters from A Clockwork Orange who belong to R-rated films, can be unconvincing toward younger audiences.Despite that the Looney Tunes characters have returned to the big screen, the main criticism is that Pepé Le Pew, in a hypocritical way, due to modern culture, was cut from the movie since they thought that he promotes "rape culture" whereas Alex and his Droogs from A Clockwork Orange are kept in despite them being onscreen rapists, though there's a deleted scene that was supposed to redeem the most criticized aspect of the character.
This film tries too hard to shove as many pop culture references as it could which feels like a rehashed version of Ready Player One and Ralph breaks the Internet or even The Emoji Movie to some extent.
The cameos during the climactic game end up being quite distracting to the viewer that they can pay more attention to the characters in the background than in the basketball game.Also, the live-action characters' cameos look very poor and bad; they look more like extras dressed in Halloween costumes or people you see in an SNL skit. For example, the actor in the crowd dressed as Arnie's Mr. Freeze looked more like the Night King from Game of Thrones than Freeze himself. Also, the Pennywise actor looks like he doesn't know what he's doing.Yes, they're cameos so they don't really have to do a lot but then, why are so many characters in the most important scene in the movie if there just going to be there for the sake of it? The animated characters are only in the background making weird expressions and that's it.
False Advertising: The trailers for the film depicted the Tunes as mostly CGI, but in the film itself, they are mostly 2D animated.
The film literally can’t even decide its target audience, as it overuses the word "hell" but has the Looney Tunes.
Before the movie was released, people said Michael Jordan, the star of the original Space Jam, was going to make a cameo but in the actual movie, it was Michael B. Jordan who they were talking about. While it was a good joke at first, it became more disheartening that Michael Jordan himself never made an appearance at all after that for the rest of the film.
It didn't explain how Bugs Bunny came back to life in the ending after he had a fake-out death sequence when he sacrificed himself to save his friends. Also, it never explains how his friends had teleported to the real world with him in the end credits. However, it was actually revealed that he survived because as a fictional character, he can't actually die and stay dead, unlike Al-G Rhythm and the Goon Squad.
In the second half of the movie, there is so much CGI and special effects in the movie that it may look like they spent almost their entire $150M budget on it. Did Warner Animation Group have some money for their water tower?
Another cameo that was supposed to happen that we've never seen was Stanley Ipkiss from The Mask and Jim Carrey was supposed to reprise his role. And yet, we didn't even see Ipkiss in the movie at all.
What'll make the fans madder is that in a Vailskibum video, Vail said that an artist for the film, Dave Alvarez, was completely removed from the credits. Even his kids and himself are mad about this.
But there some Redeeming Quality's
AL-G Rhythm is an amazing villain and Don Cheadle's performance was really good.
The part where Bugs finds the gang by going through movie worlds in the Warner 3000 can be considered product placement, which is a great idea.
All of the Tunes (except Lola Bunny) were perfectly cast and their voice actors do a great job voicing them.Even the new character, Pete, Al-G's robot assistant, is a pretty adorable, and likable character, even if it looks like his only intention was to sell toys.Jeff Bergman reprises his role for Bugs Bunny after Eric Bauza took over in 2018, and it's great to hear from him again.
The Looney Tunes characters are still likable, despite their campiness, and their flaws throughout.
The idea of a sequel about the real-life basketball player LeBron James instead of Michael Jordan is a good idea for a Space Jam movie, although the aforementioned flaws make the execution rather poor. In addition, many fans did want a sequel with LeBron James.In fact, it might've even improved upon the original's plot of the strong Looney Tunes enlisting Michael Jordan's help to defeat a big threat, by making it the other way around.
Decent CGI and traditional animation (for Looney Tunes characters).Speaking of traditional animation, the 2D animation makes yet another comeback to modern-day Western animation cinema again.
The Warner 3000 Server-Verse is an interesting virtual realm despite the poor execution.
Great soundtrack by Kris Bowers.
Like Tom & Jerry, fans of the Looney Tunes might enjoy it.
The Rick and Morty cameo can be pretty amusing for Adult Swim/Rick and Morty fans, and their cameo is very decent compared to others. Some can even enjoy Rick and Morty going outside of their own show.
There are some good moments such as Bugs mimicking Fat Elmer, nicknamed "Big Chungus", despite seemingly being there to meme pander and the Nerdlucks (the villains from the first Space Jam) making a cameo appearance as "Goon Squad" supporters (Despite the animation being reused). Also, the film does at least pay homage to pop-culture references, although pointless, like making several references to the Looney Tunes shorts, like with the first film.
Great visual effects courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic, who also did for Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
The Scene with Granny and Speedy Gonzales parodying the Matrix is amazing.
I actually thought space jam 2 was good. How is it so bad?
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@NOTZ1ZZY probably why everyone hated was because of LEBRON JAMES but I thought the movie was good too
What do you think?