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.