“Derp!” Space Jam make me wanna …
My love of Michael Jordan is well documented. He’s in this Hall of Fame. Not just for his astounding basketball talents, but also for starring in one of the greatest motion pictures of the era.
The Space Jam Movie is a movie. Its premise is a simple question: if alien slavers kidnapped our most beloved cartoon characters, and those cartoon characters negotiated a game of basketball on the moon to win back their freedom, would a black man everyone considers cool fly a rocket ship up to the moon and save them?
I can tell you, after having viewed enough significant chunks of this movie over a period of 14 years, that the answer is YES. And the question has shifted from “Is this the greatest sports movie of all-time where you going?” to “Is this movie the BEST movie?”
Don’t just take it from me. There are a whole legion of young people out there who are sharing their love and devotion to The Space Jam Movie. It’s like a more important ‘It Gets Better.’ Kids even made up slang for what they call their fandom. Something called “Derp.” An acronym, I gather: Definitely. Excellent. Racial. Parable.
So rent The Space Jam Movie. Why? Because – if I may quote from the movie poster – “Michael Jordan. Space. Basketball.”