Remember Bow Wow? Formally known as Lil’ Bow Wow? I’m sure it has been a while since that name has been said out loud. Do you remember a little film called Like Mike? If not, don’t worry because I am about to take you back to 2002 when the rapper, actor, broadcaster, etc had some of his first major moments to shine. The film centers around a boy named Calvin. Calvin lives at an orphanage waiting for his life to begin. Soon after he comes across shoes that he believes used to belong to Michael Jordan, they are then struck by lightning, giving them power. From then on when Calvin wears the shoes, he begins to play basketball just like his idol Michael Jordan. This film is defiantly both fun and inspiring, so sit back, relax, and find out why Like Mike belongs on our shelf.
We love an inspiring film just like anybody else. We especially love a film that teaches us to believe in ourselves when all hope is lost. Calvin clearly doesn’t start off with the most confidence. So much so, he relies incredibly on these magical shoes that make him play just like Mike! He becomes so dependent on them that he bases the entirety of his life on them. Even once he begins a career in the NBA, he believes in the shoes and not his own abilities. By the end of the movie, Calvin begins to realize that he cannot depend on the shoes anymore and learns that he has to start believing in himself without them. We love a movie with such great character development and a message to motivate us that we are beyond tools we use to help us succeed.
We cannot avoid the obvious theme in this film, which is that sports can be magical. Maybe not as magical as a pair of shoes possessed by some energy that brings the skills of Michael Jordan to life. But, another kind of magic that took place in this film, is the fact he got to meet people he wouldn’t have met otherwise without the shoes. And thanks to that fact, he actually got adopted in the end. He got to become family members with a certain someone that was not only the perfect fit for him but someone we were aware of for most of the film. Now THAT is the kind of magic we cannot help but ponder about after watching this film.
Now, for the obvious. Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan is without a doubt considered the best basketball player of all time. Especially popular for his abilities within both the 1980s and 90s. He became one of the most marketed sports players in history. He is a six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP, a 10-time NBA scoring leader, a three-time NBA All-Star Game MVP and the list goes on and on. And as you can imagine, this is not the only film ever made centred around him. We made sure to get at least one film dedicated to him on our shelf.
Like Mike is a film for everyone, even if you aren’t the biggest sports fan. But if you are, you will enjoy it all the better. It is no wonder how Bow Wow grew to be so famous after being part of such a popular film. We would be ashamed not to have this one on our shelf.