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Air (2023) movie review and synopsis.

With “Air,” it all comes together in one insanely fun package—one that’s old-fashioned, but also lively and crowd-pleasing. Working from a witty and clever script by Alex Convery, Affleck tells the story of how Nike caught Jordan creating a shoe that wasn’t just for him, but for him – representing his soon-to-be iconic character in a form that did it. we feel like we too can reach such heights. This probably makes “Air” sound like a two-hour sneaker commercial. Its not. If you like films about process, about people being good at their jobs, then you’ll find yourself fascinated by the film’s many moments inside offices, conference rooms and production labs.

The interactions within those mundane spaces make “Air” such a joy, starting with the reunion of Affleck and Matt Damon. It’s great to see these old best friends, collaborators and co-writers playing off each other again, teasing and teasing, more than a quarter of a century after Good Will Hunting. Damon stars as Sonny Vaccaro, Nike’s recruiting expert who recognized the young North Carolina guard as a once-in-a-generation talent and pursued him relentlessly to keep him from cooler brands Converse and Adidas . Affleck is Nike co-founder and former CEO Phil Knight, an intriguing blend of Zen calm and corporate arrogance. He walks around the office barefoot, yet he drives a Porsche that he insists is not purple, but rather grape-hued. Vaccaro, as his friend and colleague from the early days of the company, is the only one who can speak truth to power, and the love and friction of this partnership shine through.

The year is 1984 (boy, is it ever—more on that in a minute), and Nike’s basketball division is an afterthought within the Oregon-based running shoe company. Nike is also one of its competitors. Vaccaro, a doughy, middle-aged bulldog in various dust-colored jackets (costume work by Charlese Antoinette Jones), knows that Jordan can change anything, and much of “Air” consists of him convincing all around him. of that notion. This includes marketing director Rob Strasser (Jason Bateman, whose knack for dry jokes and rat-a-tat is the perfect fit for this material); player-turned-executive Howard White (a fast-talking Chris Tucker); Jordan’s rogue agent David Falk (Chris Messina, who nearly steals the entire movie with a hilariously profane phone tirade); and finally, Jordan’s proud and protective mother, Deloris (Viola Davis, whose arrival gives the film a new level of weight and wisdom). Character actor Matthew Maher, who always brings an intriguing presence to whatever film he’s in, stands out as Nike’s idiosyncratic shoe design guru Peter Moore.

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