Lucas’s review published on Letterboxd:
The first Space Jam is bad but at least it has Wayne Knight doing his thing and a coherent plot, not to mention Bill Murray just being himself. Hell, even the stuff with the basketball players who lost their powers is kinda funny. This movie is just counter too all of that, the first movie is all vibes, the plot is secondary, here the plot is an incoherent mess with a meaningless subplot with Bugs Bunny wanting to get the toons back that doesn’t really go anywhere? Honestly, that whole part of the story and the Looney Tunes in general feel like an afterthought. Whereas in the original, while very dumb, the stakes are very clear and escalate clearly with Jordan betting his own life on the game. Comparing this movie just to the original feels stupid but I just have no other point of reference and it’s just so dumb. Some final thoughts: every scene that isn’t set in the “serververse” looks like a commercial while all the 2D animation looks and feels off and wonky, not to mention the gross looking 3D that only works for Daffy’s character for some strange reason. And for some reason almost every single joke that was made in this movie has its timing off. Like, it could be a half decent punchline, but the pacing of the line delivery or the gag is either too fast or too slow so the jokes never land, it’s an extremely weird problem that just continues to happen throughout the duration of the movie. God, like I mentioned at the top, I don’t even like the first Space Jam all that much, but this movie made me wish I was watching it because it’s just vastly superior in every way.