Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Movie Review

Space Jam: A New Legacy – Lifeless sequel

 

Director: Malcolm D Lee

Writer: Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler, Terence Nance, Jesse Gordon, Celeste Ballard (Screenplay) Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler, Terence Nance (Story)

Starring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, Zendaya, Jeff Bergman

Plot: A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famed basketball player LeBron James, who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game.


Tagline – They’re all Tuned up for a rematch.

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Space Jam: A New Legacy starts as basketball superstar LeBron James (Himself) is looking to stay connected to his children with Dom (Joe) dreaming of something outside of basketball, Darius (Wright) looking to follow in his footsteps. Warner Brothers algorithm Al G Rhythm (Cheadle) wants to bring LeBron into become the face of the latest project Warner 3000. After LeBron rejects the offer, Al drags Lebron into the game to challenge him to a basketball match for his freedom, leaving LeBron to look for a new team, taking him to meet Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Toons.

Thoughts on Space Jam: A New Legacy

ThoughtsSpace Jam: A New Legacy is looking recapture the magic of the original film with a new basketball star in LeBron James, who isn’t on the international levels of Michael Jordan, can’t act and looked lost for most of the film. The idea does bring the transportation into the modern era, by mixing the damaged relationship between LeBron and his son Dom who wants to build a game, rather than play basketball, with an evil AI that wants to control the world, bringing us the evil characters against the Looney Toons. The game between the characters goes into super moves and other gaming nonsense, which only confuses the game. The animation does look clunky for the most part. The fact that this is nearly 2 hours long is even more shocking, if clearly doesn’t need to be. We also fall into the trap that Warner Bros seem to be doing, that involves throwing all their owned materials for lazy references, that seem to be more for the adults.

Final Thoughts Space Jam: A New Legacy is a lazy sequel to a cult classic.

Rialto (2019) Movie Review

Director: Peter Mackie Burns

Writer: Mark O’Halloran (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Tom Glynn-Carney, Monica Dolan, Sophie Jo Wasson, Scott Graham, Michael Smiley

Plot: Colm is in his mid-forties, married, with two teenage children. Still grieving the death of his father, a destructive gure in his life, Colm struggles with his relationship to his own son, whilst at work a recent takeover threatens his job. Unable to share his vulnerability with his wife, Colm’s world is falling apart around him. In the midst of this crisis, Colm solicits sex from a young man called Jay. This encounter and his growing infatuation has a deep effect on Colm. He finds a comfort in Jay that no one else can provide.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Rialto starts when Colm (Vaughan-Lawlor) starts going through a mid-life crisis, his father has just passed away, his is becoming distant from his wife and kids and he is about to lose his job at the docks where he has worked his whole life.

As Colm starts to struggle with putting his own life together he finds a young man Jay (Glynn-Carney) who are first is just offering him a different sexual experience, before becoming the only person he can turn to when his life starts falling apart even more.

Thoughts on Rialto

Characters & Performances – Colm is a man in his mid-40s, he has a family, job, home, everything you could want at his age. His life does start to take a downward spiral when his father dies, he starts to realize he has become distant from his family and then he loses his job. He doesn’t know who to turn to for help, finding himself drawn towards a gay hooker who he pays for company, find peace in an unlikely place. This character shows us just how hard life can become suddenly on people without seeing it coming. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is brilliant in this leading role, showing all the pain his character is going through, mixed with the confusion of how life has suddenly caught up with him. Jay is the gay hooker that Colm meets, he is defensive with his aggression in the world, being involved as a way to help raise his own child, he needs help but knows this is the only way he can make sure he can keep his baby safe. Tom Glynn-Carney plays this character very well too, giving us the character that is willing to be in a world where he knows it is for a bigger purpose. When it comes to the supporting characters we meet the family that don’t want much to do with Colm and his co-workers that are trying to be there for him.

StoryThe story here follows a middle-aged man that starts seeing his life falling apart around him, losing the stability he has built up and turning to a young man for help, the only place where he can start to feel comfortable in life. This is a story where we get to see how a normal working class person can see themselves fall into a routine, one that is comfortable and safe, which doesn’t prepare them for the changes that might hit suddenly. We see how people might have to turn to a place they would never have imagined for the comfort they need, showing us a mid-life crisis happening to the unsuspecting Colm.

ThemesRialto has us in Dublin, showing us the changes in area is going through, cutting back on jobs, seeing the unemployment going up to levels which can cause the strain on people, which is used as the backdrop to show us the struggles the character is going through.

Rialto is a powerful drama showing the harsh reality of a sudden mid-life crisis on the working class man.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – R – Rough Night (2017) Movie Review

Director: Lucia Aniello

Writer: Lucia Aniello, Paul W Downs (Screenplay)

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon, Paul W Downs

Plot: Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.


Tagline – What’s Your Alibi?

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fails to Get Laughs

Story: Rough Night starts as politician Jess (Johansson) is going on her bachelorette party with her college friends Alice (Bell), Blair (Kravitz), Frankie (Glazer) and Pippa (McKinnon) in Miami, only for the first night everything goes horribly wrong when the stripper arrives.

The women need to decide what to do with the body before it get exposed which brings out the truth about how their lives haven’t gone the way they would have liked.

Thoughts on Rough Night

Characters – Jess is running for political office to help change the city for the better, only it is now her bachelorette party, she wants a quiet party, not wanting to disappointing her friends, she goes along with the flow. The events of the night make her questions her career, believing it could end this career. Alice is the bridesmaid who has arranged the whole weekend, she has been waiting for this weekend for weeks and always wants to be the centre of attention. Blair is the upper-class woman, a success on the outside, while having her own problems. Frankie is an activist that has been fighting for her causes, she secures drugs for the party and is the more street smart of the group. Pippa is the Australian friend that hasn’t met the group before, but is one of Jess’ closest friends from her time over there.

PerformancesScarlett Johansson does struggle to get the laughs involved in the film, well if we are in going to look at the laughs, nobody really hits many of the laughs, while they can show the real side to the problems they have in life.

StoryThe story here follows five friends on a bachelorette party in Miami when things don’t go to plan when they accidentally kill a stripper and learn about the changes they have made in their life. This is one of the typical pre-wedding story that ends up showing us the chaos which could happen during the night, while it does just become lazy in the way of just turning to the need for drugs to get through the night, while the heart of the story, being about changes they have gone through, to show how life has changed for them. The whole side story with the groom does feel overkill and more filler than anything else too.

ComedyThe comedy in the film misses more than anything else, the best part of the film does come from the more serious side of the film.

SettingsThe film uses the Miami setting, only we spend most of the time within the luxury home, instead of looking at the bigger side to the busy city.


Scene of the Movie – News flash.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The comedy.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy that misses most of the laughs and ends up being save with the heart about change.

Overall: Comedy Lacking the Laughs.