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Movie Review: Air

When I heard about this film, I thought it a risky move making a film about Michael Jordan and not actually having him speak, even if the film is more about Nike than about the man himself. But it works, even when it shouldn’t.

Matt Damon stars as Sonny Voccaro, the Nike employee who convinced the company to go all in on recruiting Michael Jordan to be the face of their shoes. No on wanted to believe him, but he unwaveringly puts his entire career on the line and visits Jordan’s mother in a last ditch effort to save their basketball show division within Nike from getting closed down permanently.

Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker, and Chris Messina bring humor to a film that would have otherwise been a complete bore. Viola Davis as Jordan’s mother brings some much needed femininity to a film full of 80s era bros.

We all know the ending to this story. Michael Jordan’s shoe partnership with Nike remains lucrative today, long after the mans retirement from the game he dominated for so long. As a whole, the film is certainly watchable. It does not reach the same highs as Affleck’s Argo or Good Will Hunting, but Air is a great effort from a group of people who obviously love the sport and the athlete.

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