Space Jam (1996)

“Please! What kind of Mickey Mouse orginization would name their team The Ducks?”

Cast: Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Wayne Knight

Evil alien, Mr Swackhammer, feels he needs a new attraction at his failing theme park Moron Mountain. Realising the biggest crowd pleaser at the moment are the Looney Tunes, he sends his minions, the ‘Nerdlucks’, down to Earth to capture the loveable gang. Striking a deal over a game of basketball, Michael Jordan is drafted in to help Bugs and his friends in their match against the Monstars, with them winning meaning they can stay in Looney Land.

Space Jam is no Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it’s much more simple and crude than the magic and originality we see from that. Though that’s not to say it isn’t fun, it’s just a much more light and forgettable humour that is suited more for kids.

Throughout we see appearances from our favourite Looney Tunes including Daffy, Donald, Tweetie Pie, Taz and Elma Thud, with some great shorts and gags that helped them become so great in the first place.

The soundtrack is brilliant too and helps the film keep its buoyancy and pace, which is nice and swift, with some great shorts from the Looney’s breaking up the thicker chunks in the film. Jordan isn’t a great actor but he tries, and it isn’t the worst we’ve seen either (he is playing himself after all). The cameos throughout really make it that bit more special too, especially Bill Murray who was great (as always!).

Space Jam is an all round enjoyable movie, made more in mind for kids than adults. While it lacks the depth of humour and screen magic we see in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it’s still an entertaining film that manages to get a few laughs from the audience.

Star rating: 4.5/10

Directed by Joe Pytka.

Running time 88 minutes.

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