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SHANG CHI


Filmof themonth


original film.Abasketball star is forcedtoplaya gameof basketball with theLooney Tunes inorder tosave the world.There isn’tmuchelse toit.Thesame cogs areput in motionandthefilmdoesn’t exciteyouatanymomentof the film. Insteadof concentratingonLeBron’s star statusor theTunes abilitytocreate slapstick moments that willentertain the kids,ANewLegacyends up, for some strange reason, being ahugeWarner Bros advert. Strangely, the basketball aspect isalmost sidelinedfor thevast majorityof the film.Eventhe trainingof theTunes squadis extremelyminimalandthe mainmatchitselfonlycovers the last30minsin anear two


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he formulaand structure isn’t far different fromthe


AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS


Michael JordanandtheLooneyTuneshelpedcatapultanewfamilymoviethatwould belovedbyallbackin 1996.Aſter itshugesuccess,asequelwas in theworksvery quicklybut thoseaspirationsquicklyhaltedproductionwhenMichael Jordanrefused toreturn.Fast forward25yearsandthecurrent superstarof theNBALeBronJames fronts themuchanticipatedsequelSpaceJam:ANewLegacy.Wesayit'smuch anticipatedas theoriginalfilmshapedourchildhoodsofwatchingourfavouriteLooney TunesandMichael Jordanteamuptosavetheworld inagameofbasketball.Agreat gamblefromWarnerBros toutilisethestarpower that Jordanhadduringthistime allowedeveryonetobestar struckbyhispresenceonscreenandbeoverjoyedbythe tumultuousLooneyTunessquad.ANewLegacylookstotakethetorchfromthe1996hit filmandcreatesomethingnewwhilstembracingthepast.Andit failsonanepic level.


hourmovie. Insteadof basketball,we are reminded ofWarner Brosfilmproperty aswe are force fedfamous songs fromGameof Thrones, HarryPotter,TheMatrixand Casablanca…,We are leſtwith a misshapen, car crash,CGI fest that leſtyou wondering...whatonearth didwe justwatch?


Thereweremanymoments wherewewere leſtalmost shakingourheads in disbelief at the film.The screenplayis shocking.The lackof creativityor substance withLeBron James’s lines ismind blowing. It’salmost like the screenwritingdutieswere leſttoa child.The repetitivenessof some particular lines shineda light ononeof themainissues with the film, its writing.The


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amountof timesLeBronsays “What?!?” atanystrange moment in thefilmis ridiculous. Either the screenwriters couldn’t be botheredtotry towrite somethingdecentor they didn’thaveanyconfidence in Lebron’s abilitytolearn multiple lines. Eitherway,A NewLegacystumbles itsway throughcatastropheaſter catastrophe.


Weknowhowhugehe (LeBron) isbothonandoffthe courtbut the substanceof the filmitself is justnot good enough. Space Jam:ANew Legacyenters the territoryof being labelledoneof the worst filmsof theyear… Just rewatchthe 1996classic.You won’t regret it.


WORDS IanCrow


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