In response to the poor reviews her film has received, NBA star LeBron James and her haters shared the social media news of the bigger-than-expected box office success of “Space Jam: A New Era” last weekend, with $31.1 million.
But it’s unlikely he would share the overwhelming opinion of the original 1996 Space Jam director with Michael Jordan, who found the new 115-minute film an “uninteresting mess” and so it took five separate sessions to watch it.
In statements to TMZJoe Petka praised LeBron James as a great athlete and even a good actor, but…
“The truth is LeBron is not Michael,” he said without equivocation, adding that when the original Space Jam was released, Jordan was not only the best basketball player in the NBA, but “the biggest celebrity in the world.”
Now 82, Joe Petka is also a legendary advertising director: It was Her Jordan’s 1992 Super Bowl ad that led to him being selected to direct Space Jam four years later.
The director believes that the sequel does not establish a “personal relationship” with LeBron that makes it more realistic, while the story of the first film was very related to Michael Jordan, namely his desire to switch from basketball to baseball.
The director says he can’t remember any of the lead characters from stars like Anthony Davis or Damian Lillard in “Space Jam: A New Era,” while the 1996 movie had a supporting cast with unforgettable performances from Bill Murray and players like Charles Barkley, Mickey Boggs and Sean Bradley.
Pytka also disliked the soundtrack, considering it “insignificant” when compared to the songs that became classics from the original film.
The director also described the way Buggs Bunny is treated in “A New Age” as “heartbreaking,” saying it had nothing to do with the character’s past: “It looked like one of those dolls you buy at an airport gift shop to take with you. When you took a flight Your work is taking longer than expected.”
The movie “Space Jam: Uma Nova Era” is shown in Portuguese cinemas.
Watch the trailer.