TL;DR – A blast from the past that has unfortunately lost a bit of its sheen.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is an End Credit scene
Disclosure – I paid for the Netflix subscription that viewed this film.
Space Jam Review –
When Space Jam first came out in cinemas, I was in primary school, and I can remember that it was a film that teachers would put on when they needed a break from us but not that much more. It has been over a decade since I have seen the film, and besides the occasional look at the old website, I hadn’t thought about it much. However, then they went and made a sequel. I felt I had to give it another watch for due diligence to see just what it was that captured people all those years ago.
So to set the scene, in 1973, a young Michal Jordan (Brandon Hammond) is practising at his home well after midnight. When talking to his dad, the one thing he wants to be is a champion and play on a championship team. One montage of Jordan’s career later, and a now champion Michael Jordan (Michael Jordan) is retiring from basketball to join baseball. But on a planet in deep space, a theme park boss is Swackhammer (Danny DeVito), is trying to find a new attraction, and he decides to steal all the Looney Tunes. But instead of being captured, Bugs Bunny (Billy West) cons them into playing a basketball game for their freedom.
TL;DR – If you ever wanted a visual representation of the descent into madness brought on by parental sports obsession and copious amounts of steroids, then this would be it.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Have you ever opened up a piece of media and have 100% no idea about what you
are about to watch and then also a pretty good idea about what you are about to
watch. It is an odd juxtaposition that I have never felt before, well that is
before today. For you see, today we are exploring the fever dream of 1980s
baseball culture by way of cocaine that is The
Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, the latest thing from The Lonely Island.
So to set the scene, it is the late 1980s, an era of big hair, Madonna, and
baseball. We open in on the titular Bash Brothers, Jose Canseco (Andy Samberg)
and Mark McGwire (Akiva Schaffer). They were two of baseball’s greatest players,
but they have a deep secret that no one knows about, they both did a rap video.
This is such an odd piece of media, that I was not actually sure how to
classify it, I eventually went with movie just because that is where I put Guava
Island from earlier in the year. I bring up Guava Island because structurally there are a lot of similarities
even if they are both widely different in style and tone. What we have is a
number of songs from The Lonely Island
which have been brought together and strung together with a narrative. Though The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
is less on the revolutionary takedown of capitalist forms of oppression and
more a drug fever dream about the pressures to take steroids.