"Space Jam" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
Who would've thought that a movie about a basketball player and Buggs Bunny would be so successful? Yet, here we are, over 20 years later and with a sequel on the way. "Space Jam" brought viewers something they have never seen before, and audiences and critics alike were impressed by the wacky adventure of a film they have just experienced.
Michael Jordan (who plays himself in the film) teams up with the entire squad from the Looney Tunes to help save them from an evil amusement park after its boss (Danny Devito) sends his little evil henchman to kidnap the famous cartoon characters. Buggs Bunny then convinces them to let them challenge the henchmen for their freedom by playing a basketball game.
The film is incredibly wacky, but a whole lot of fun. We watch as Jordan, who is now a baseball player, has to go back to his roots and play one last basketball game to help the Tunes win their freedom. It's a lot of fun to watch him go into this cartoon world and interact with these classic characters that millions of people have grown up with over the years.
The filmmakers also put in many jokes and gags at other popular films and pop culture. For example, it was a crack up to see two of the Tunes as Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction. They may go over the heads of younger audience members, but they make the adults in the audience crack up as the film progresses.
The film, however, does start off very slowly, and you're not too sure where it's heading for the first thirty minutes. However, when Buggs and the rest of the gang shows up, you know you better strap in, because you're in for a very wild ride.
Considering the advancements in animation and CGI, the film doesn't quite hold up to the standards of today. However, the film has enough heart and stamina to keep everyone watching entertained for the years to come.