Space Jam [1996] ★★½

Call this a nostalgia review, but after I went through a roller-coaster of emotions while watching the fantastic Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance”, I decided to stream Michael Jordan’s “Space Jam”, which I also found on Netflix. For those of you who grew up in the 90’s, this movie was kind of a big deal and the reason why so many kids bonded and became friends (seriously, everyone was talking about this). I didn’t get the chance to see it again since its release, so it was an interesting experience to look at it from an adult’s perspective this time around. To be completely honest, the movie hasn’t aged all that well, mainly because animation and CGI have long evolved since the 90’s. With that aside, its charm is still there. Michael Jordan is recruited by Bugs Bunny and Co. to help them win a basketball game. The premise couldn’t be more silly, but watching these two worlds blend together is still as fun as it was when I was a kid. Of course, a lot of basketball players make an appearance as well, and it’s always fun to see Bill Murray and Seinfeld’s Wayne Knight in it. But this Michael Jordan’s show all the way, and he makes the best of it (this was also around the same time he was making his NBA comeback, which led to 3 back-to-back titles with the Bulls). I don’t think I have much to add. Newcomers might be tempted to nitpick the film’s many flaws. But from a nostalgia perspective, “Space Jam” is still as entertaining as ever.

Categories: 2.5/4, animation, comedy, The 90's

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