You need to go and see Air! I was going to wait for this to hit Amazon Prime, but I am so glad that my son and I went to check this out over the weekend in the theatre, we both loved it. Look, you know what this is about, Nike Air Jordans and if you are not into shoes or know much about basketball, you may wonder how can there be a two-hour movie about this. Trust me when I tell you that this is a truly captivating and entertaining story!
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The Movie Review
Air is written by Alex Convery and directed by Ben Affleck. I have been a fan of pretty much everything that Ben Affleck has directed so far and I would put this right up there close to if not at the very top! It did help that I am a huge Michael Jordan fan and I have had a few pairs of Jordans over the years, however, you do not need to be into either basketball or shoes to enjoy this.
Set in the 80s, Nike’s basketball shoe division is dying. Rob Strasser and Phil Knight task their talent scout, Sonny Vaccaro with finding a new athlete to build their basketball division around. Jason Bateman (Zootopia, Game Night), Ben Affleck (Argo, Deep Water), and Matt Damon (Saving Private Ryan, The Bourne Identity) deliver amazing performances as Rob, Phil, and Sonny. They have great chemistry and you care about the characters and they come across as actual real people.
While they think that Michael Jordan is off limits, Sonny realizes what a superstar he is going to be and does all that he can to get him to commit to Nike. This brings in Michael’s mother, Deloris who is played by the always fantastic Viola Davis who I swear just keeps on getting better and better.
What we have is the story of how the biggest sports brand in history was created and it is truly engrossing stuff. The way Ben Affleck directs people talking is just amazing as the camera feels like it never stays still for too long. It really does help make you feel like you are in there with each conversation.
Also, while I only touched on a couple of the characters and actors playing them, Air actually has a fantastic ensemble-style cast and they all do a wonderful job. Oh, I have to give props to the authenticity of the 1980s setting. I loved this part of the movie and got such a huge kick out of it.
Another thing that I got a huge kick out of was the clever ways that the movie avoided actually showing Michael Jordan. Now, while I liked this, I do have to say that my son said he found this kind of annoying and that he wished they just got an actor to play Michael Jordan, in the end, we agreed to disagree, but I can see why this aspect of the movie would be divisive.
I knew that Air was more than likely going to be a movie that I enjoyed and it did not disappoint. I am so glad I went to see this in the theatre and I will probably watch it on day one when it hits Amazon Prime in May. Heck, I loved this so much that I am also going to get it on 4K when it is released.
- From start to end, this is a very engrossing story
- It has the best ensemble cast I have seen in any movie this year
- I loved how authentic it was to the 80s setting
- MJ and Nike fans will just eat everything in this movie up!
- I can see some people not interested in basketball missing out on this
- You may find the avoidance of Jordan being in the movie distracting