Today we’re talking about the 1996 film Space Jam.
The movie is a basic underdog sports story with a little bit of cartoon magic. It’s cute and over the top in a way that only Bugs and pals can handle.
I am sad they didn’t include a proper training montage though.
It’s written in a way that even people like me who know nothing about 1990’s basketball can still follow easily.
The main charater is Michael Jordan and he does a great job of playing the cool, Roll-with-it kind of character. The Looney Tunes are mostly alright, although I find the portrayal of Lola Bunny disturbing. She’s a odd combination of damsel, useless, and competent.
Bill Murray playing Bill Murray will always be a treat.
There are quite a lot of one liners in this and most of them stick about as well as you’d expect from the Looney Toons. There are a lot of great adult jokes and I love the bits with the basketball players who lost their abilities.
Overall it’s pretty forgettable dialogue.
Visuals and Music
The visuals are clean and well shot. They are definitely dated by style and by limits of the 3D tech at the time.
The music is wonderfully nostalgic and well chosen for the oomph needed in a sports movie.
Despite it’s flaws, this movie is a lot of fun and hits all the right beats for a sports movie. It’s exciting, funny, and overall easy to watch. Both my kids were trying to sing the title song by the end.
Space Jam is a product of it’s time and as such is a strange mashup of timeless sports movie chained to 1996. It’s entertaining and has plenty of background jokes for the basketball fans and the cartoon fans. It’s fun and quirky and easy to watch. In the end, however, it’s also utterly forgettable in everything but nostalgic soundtrack.
Final Score: 3