‘Space Jam 2: A New Legacy’ (2021) Review

'Space Jam 2: A New Legacy' (2021) Review: Nostalgic Noise I’ll admit it. It’s fun to be (at the movies) in 2021. The recent slate of blockbuster movies have been a reminder of how good they can be. The winning combination of state of the art visual effects with compelling and fantastical stories. It’s been a good ride, but all things must come to an end. That end comes with ‘Space Jam 2: A New Legacy’, the year’s first major disappointment. It’s hard to call something a disappointment if there wasn’t much hope for it to begin with. This sequel to the 1996 original features Lebron James as himself, trapped by a movie studio algorithm, played by Don Cheadle, one of the movie’s few saving graces. Lebron is forced to play a game of basketball to save his son. As nonsensical as it sounds, it’s a comfort that ‘Space Jam 2’ doesn’t spend too much time on its premise. More time is spent keeping up with the James’. Lebron’s fictional family anchors the basketball legend as a flawed protagonist. He loves his wife, his kids, but his son would rather create an entire video game than pick up a basketball. He’s a father struggling to understand his kids, while trying to show them who he is. It’s an endearing role, full of pathos, and not one Lebron James is remotely capable of pulling off. In every scene the main character looks befuddled and confused, whether…

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‘Black Widow’ (2021) Review

'Black Widow' (2021) Review: Marvel Gets Mature When on the run from the United States Government for her crimes in ‘Captain America Civil War’, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff takes some much needed vacation time. Camping out in hiding doesn’t last long though, as she’s soon under attack by a living weapon, Taskmaster. An enemy with the capability to perfectly mimic its opponent. To survive, the Black Widow will need to confront the past she’s been running from her entire life.That past includes a contentious family reunion, and a reckoning with Natasha’s past sins. Sometimes at the same time. Florence Pugh plays Yelena, Natasha’s estranged and adoptive sister, who is an assassin herself. Their relationship is the most compelling aspect of the movie, with Florence Pugh almost stealing the limelight from her co-star. The movie brings humour in their sibling rivalry, but ultimately finds its way back to a heartfelt tale as they set out to confront their shared childhood trauma, and try to put a stop to it ever happening to anyone else. ‘Black Widow’ doesn’t try to make light of its story, and makes that clear from the beginning. The film opens in 1995 as a young Natasha Romanoff is taken from her idyllic family life into one of pain and suffering. A hard cut to 21 years later and ‘Black Widow’ sets the audience up for a film that puts away childish things. For the most part, Marvel films are disarming. Even…

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