Watched Jul 13, 2012
I was 7 when Space Jam was released and it must have had a pretty effective advertising campaign because I believed THE WORLD WOULD END if I didn't go see this film. Being British and 7, I knew nothing about basketball, had no idea who Michael Jordan was and, to be brutally honest, wasn't a massive fan of the Looney Tunes. But still, I HAD to see it.
When Mum said she refused to take me to see Space Jam (just that title made it sound like the coolest shit ever) I pulled a Nicolas Cage level fit. But my fate was sealed. Space Jam was never a part of my childhood. I finally watched it last week at the age of 23.
I can't bring myself to say anything bad about this film. The plot is so convoluted and odd it actually deserves respect. Michael Jordan's unresponsive acting is charming and understandable. The soundtrack has BUSTA RHYMES on it. The voice acting is spirited and dedicated (love Billy West) and apart from the odd CGI shot, it's nice to see old skool animation in a mainstream release, unfortunately in its final throes (Toy Story was released the previous year).
Though apparently just a big advert for whatever Michael Jordan advertised in his heyday, Space Jam feels sweet. Maybe I couldn't hate this film because 7-year-old-me had been promised too much.
Also, this is the only film that has ever used Bill Murray as a deus ex machina, and for that it must be praised.