Under Childhood: “Space Jam: A New Legacy”

Under Childhood: “Space Jam: A New Legacy”
Under Childhood is a column on children’s cinema—movies about and for kids.Buried beneath Looney Tunes slapstick and Warner Bros. advertisements passed as homage, the main conflict of Space Jam: A New Legacy (between a father and son who don’t share the same dreams) is a formative and necessary one. Space Jam (1996) opens with a reenactment of the 1993 press conference where Jordan announced his retirement from basketball and concludes with his return to the Chicago Bulls. But the more family-oriented Space Jam: A New Legacy is more about LeBron James as a father than as a basketball player. The successes of “King James” (the player’s nickname and Instagram handle) act as the film’s backdrop. The opening credits show James’ rise from a high school superstar growing up in poverty with a single mother to a legendary NBA player. We see his happy family of three
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