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  • Writer's pictureJack Kritzer

Review: AIR

Sonny Vaccaro and Nike pursue basketball rookie Michael Jordan, creating a partnership that revolutionizes the world of sports and contemporary culture.

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Viola Davis, Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker, Chris Messina, Marlon Wayans, Matthew Maher, Julius Tennon

‘Air’ is a hilarious, feel-good film that delivers on telling the triumphant story of the worlds most iconic shoe, and the incredible individuals that took the risk to create it.

Ben Affleck continues to prove that he’s not only one of our greatest modern actors working today, but also one of the best directors as well. This is another fantastic entry to his filmography, where he was able to deliver on every single joke and emotional beat for a well rounded film that keeps you invested until the end.

Matt Damon shines in this movie as the passionate Sonny Vaccaro. Not only did he make this character so funny with his amazing line delivery, but he’s also the emotional core of the film. The story of the film revolves around Sonny’s relentless journey to sign Michael Jordan to Nike, and with that comes many ups and downs. There’s a scene where Damon gives an emotional speech to the Jordan family about why Nike is the right company to sign with, and he sells every single line as only Matt Damon could.

Viola Davis deserves an Oscar nomination this year for her powerful performance in this film as Michael’s mother, Deloris Jordan. Her talent is unmatched and she displays a mothers love and faith in her son with such force and beauty. She’s truly a scene stealer, and we are ever so lucky to have her grace our screens.

Ben Affleck and Chris Messina are both hilarious in this film. Affleck plays Nike CEO Phil Knight, who never failed to get a laugh out of my packed audience. Messina plays David Falk, Michael Jordan’s agent, who has an ongoing back and forth conflict with Damon’s character, and their dynamic is hysterical.

Jason Bateman isn’t to be ignored, who plays Rob Strasser in the film. Not only is he extremely funny, but I was surprised by how his character played into the emotional stakes of the film. He’s a great addition to the cast and his character’s motivations add a lot to the emotional payoff of the films ending.

The decision not to have Michael Jordan’s face ever shown in the film was a genius idea, not only did it build suspense throughout the film, but it created such a strong presence whenever Michael was in a scene.

‘Air’ is a serious awards contender this year. It’s very much worth checking this out in a packed cinema, where you can share all the laughs with an audience watching this endearing story of one of the worlds most recognizable brands.

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