Air - Review
Your Job Isn't Done Until the Job is Done. 4 / 5
Directed by Ben Affleck
Sonny Vaccaro and Nike pursue basketball rookie Michael Jordan, creating a partnership that revolutionizes the world of sports and contemporary culture.
Air is every part the inspiring underdog story you want it to be. Telling the story of the make or break creation of the Air Jordan, this film uses a sharp script, compelling performances and an immersive soundtrack to transport you back to 1984.
Sonny Vaccaro's determination immediately hooks you in as Matt Damon's endearing performance leads the film with ease and proves that he can still give one hell of an inspirational speech.
The quick conversational dialogue of Alex Convery's script is one of Air's biggest strengths as the rapid back and forth between characters creates instant chemistry and leads to some of the film's strongest moments. What took me by surprise was just how funny this was - quick insults and comebacks being thrown out like a roast battle helped to cement the tone, setting and intentions.
Affleck is great both in front and behind the camera as director, letting the camera stay on strong emotional moments, stringing the audience along even though the story's outcome is inevitable.
A delightful drama full of warmth that works as both a great inspirational lesson and corporate propaganda that will make you buy trainers you don't need against your will.