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Marquis “Mookie” Cook as LeBron James in Shooting Stars" on Peacock
Marquis “Mookie” Cook as LeBron James in Shooting Stars" on Peacock. (Photo: Oluwaseye Olusa/Universal Pictures)

LeBron James Peacock Movie ‘Shooting Stars’ at Its Best on the Court

The new 2023 basketball movie starring Marquis ‘Mookie’ Cook as James has its faults, but the biopic will be a big hit with fans.

“Shooting Stars” is the new basketball movie about LeBron James based on the 2009 book of the same name written by James and Buzz Bissinger. The biopic stars Wood Harris (“Creed”), Caleb McLaughlin (“Stranger Things”), and Marqui “Mookie” Cook, making his debut as James. The film dramatizes how James’ career was impacted by a group of close friends, all basketball players, who dubbed themselves the “Fab Four.”

About the Movie

“Shooting Stars” gives a window into the pivotal friendships that shaped LeBron James’ life and set him on the path to the NBA. The film shows how James and his three best friends (which eventually expanded to four) became a close-knit brotherhood and developed a bond they all still share in real life. Each having experienced some kind of tragedy or trauma, the boys bonded relatively young over basketball and video games…about basketball. Their passion for the sport and shared loyalty captured their city’s and, eventually, the nation’s attention.

The new Peacock movie feels every bit as long as its two-hour runtime, yet — despite the wooden dialogue in many scenes — is still enjoyable to watch. The numerous basketball scenes are definitely what make the movie, and provide some of its best camerawork. Each of the young men portraying James’ close-knit crew performs well. In particular, Cook carries his role as the soon-to-be NBA legend most brilliantly on the court. However, Cook’s performances in other scenes mostly come across as flat. Caleb McLaughlin, portraying Lil Dru Joyce III, performs the strongest — which makes sense as he is the most seasoned actor among the “Fab Four.”

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