Space Jam 2 be like "hey remember superman? remember harry potter? remember game of thrones? remember the mask? remember the wizard of oz? remember the first space jam movie?" that's the whole movie just "hey, remember other movies?"
and somehow its two hours long
it was undeniably worse than the first one because of the disney reference bullshit, and also the fact that it's not called ralph wrecks the internet
but like the first one it becomes good once they get the reference bullshit out of the way and focus on the film's actual characters and their emotional arcs
it took a lot longer to get the reference bullshit out of the way tho
@Taweret to be fair, there are a lot of great movies out there, and you don't want to make anyone feel snubbed
@Taweret one thing I remember about the first Space Jam is that it took place in space, I believe, and this one is in the Matrix for brands, one of which is the Matrix
@Taweret I still don’t understand who the audience was for some of those callbacks. Is there a 7 year old out there that goes crazy for mentions for all of Casablanca, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Rick and Morty in a few minutes time? (And if so is there a way to lock them up as a juvenile delinquent *before* they do anything stupid?)
@max i think some of the references were supposed to be "for the parents" but the only thing parents are going to enjoy here is the moment the movie finally ends
@robotcarsley @Taweret Related to this there were at least a couple references I’m surprised the lawyers were okay with, though both probably (?) count as fair use/parody they didn’t make sense in a “WB Serververse”. Wizard of Oz is owned by MGM/Amazon and Back to the Future is owned by NBC Universal/Comcast in our current dystopian IP culture. Amazes me/saddens me they weren’t able to stay 100% within AT&T properties for gags AND that I know this.
@Taweret But that’s the key “gathering the team” montage! Almost all the references are to stuff kids shouldn’t be watching. (I forgot to mention Game of Thrones, too!) It’s so critical to the first act that having it be mostly “for the parents” seems like negligent writing, you are wasting key joke time for your target demo. Unless again maybe their target demo was would be juvenile delinquents and/or creating new ones. (“Can we watch that Roadrunner/Coyote movie with the cars in it?”)
@Taweret I mean, the first movie was "hey remember this commercial staring the basketball guy"
so it's on brand at least
@Taweret boomer film execs have stripmined every media franchise for every possible molecule of nostalgia they can extract and remarket to younger audiences, and when everything has been rebooted and re-referenced they will just re-mine the secondhand dregs for meta-nostalgic re-sequels and re-reboots, rather than just risk coming up with one new idea
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