Lace up your basketball shoes and get ready to play a game of one-on-one when seeing AIR. Directed by Oscar Winner Ben Affleck, this movie brings an amazing story to the big screen that many people might not have known about.
The story follows Sonny Vaccaro (Matt Damon) who works in a failing basketball department of Nike. Vaccaro comes up with an idea to sign the number three pick, Michael Jordan of the 1984 NBA Draft, to a deal that would create the first Air Jordan shoe. To make this happen, Vaccaro needs the help of CEO Phil Knight (Ben Affleck), Director of Marketing Rob Strasser (Jason Bateman), Nike Executive Howard White (Chris Tucker), and Shoe Designer Peter Moore (Matthew Maher). At the same time, he needs to convince Deloris Jordan (Viola Davis) to have her son sign with Nike instead of Converse or Adidas.
This was a fantastic film that makes you go through a rollercoaster of emotions. There were moments where I had goosebumps or became teary-eyed. Damon gave another amazing performance as did the other supporting actors. I would not be surprised to see this movie receive some nominations when the award season comes around.
I love going to the theater to see unique movies like this. Not all movies have to be blockbusters to draw you to the big screen. Some movies can be smaller productions that have a lot of heart and amazing acting. This is one of those movies. Also, it has a killer soundtrack with some great rock and pop classics you’re sure to enjoy. Watching this will make you want to buy a pair of Air Jordan’s.
Rating: 5 out of 5