Reviews Comments: Could been a better Guilty Pleasure
Could been a better Guilty Pleasure
Before I go on, I'd just like to say that had this been a pure comedy, as was apparently intended, it would have been extremely funny and at worst a Guilty Pleasure I could have applied the MST 3 K Mantra to and totally enjoyed myself. Unfortunately, this movie shoots itself in the foot in the very first serious scene, and every other serious scene. In fact, everytime this movie is vaguely serious, it fails at being funny, which is pretty much the only main draw of the film. The premise is ludicrous at best: A bunch of aliens plan to enslave the Looney Tunes characters, they somehow manage to negotiate a chance for freedom with a basketball game, and Michael Jordan gets brought in as a trump card for the toons. Regardless, had the movie NEVER taken itself seriously, I could've rolled with that, had a few laughs, and considered it a Guilty Pleasure Cult Classic. Unfortunately, every serious scene just killed the mood. I would have cut out the scene at the beginning with young Michael and his father, most of the scenes where the basketball players find out how much they suck (except for the ones that tried to be comedic and expanded on those), and I would've reworked the Ten Minute Retirement for more comedic effect, just for starters. Otherwise, the movie wasn't that bad, and when it was trying to be funny, it more or less succeeded. In other minor gripes, I was basically indifferent to Lola (the Canon Immigrant) as a character, but the hamfisted way the creators tried to convince the audience she was always part of the Looney Tunes cast was painful, and while the movie did have good music, I would have had "I Believe I Can Fly" cut entirely from the movie, as it was a serious mood killer. In summation, it's worth a few laughs, but it's hard to watch more than once, even as a Guilty Pleasure due to how the serious parts of the movie (which belonged in a more serious film to start with) cripple the intended impact of the rest.
The real failure comes from the Looney Tunes characters not acting like Looney Tunes characters. Loney Tunes are violent, ruthless, mean spirited, irreverent, and will go all out for revenge against those who bother them. That makes them funny, and they empower us by being the winners we sometimes wish we could be. This film chooses to make them toothless and neutral "nice guys". Most of them don't do anything particularly spiteful until the final game, and for the most part, they're just generic, bumbling underdogs. What a waste. We should have seen something more like Horse Feathers.
comment #13821 maninahat 13th Apr 12
I know it's late, but you may want to consider changing the title to something grammatically correct.
comment #18488 Tropesofknowledge 14th Mar 13
Oh, please the movie didn't even had ay major serious moments. And it was purely comedy, I'd like to know these so called serious scene.
comment #22732 AfroWarrior27 7th Jan 14
@Afro Warrior 27 Probably the beginning with Michael Jordan's father.
comment #22739 son 8th Jan 14
That's consider serious?
comment #22785 AfroWarrior27 10th Jan 14
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