AIR – Review by Susan Kamyab

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I am so happy to say that this movie is not only a slam dunk, but it’s one of the best films of the year so far. I know it’s early to say that, but this particular A-list film is going to stick with audiences all year long.

Air is directed by Ben Affleck, who also stars in the film, alongside Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker and Chris Messina. The film is about a sports marketing executive, played by Damon, and how he led Nike in its pursuit of the greatest athlete in the history of basketball: Michael Jordan. The film’s premise is simple and concise, but it is also effective and moving thanks to outstanding performances by its all-star cast.

A big part of the reason why Air soars is because of the film’s authenticity. Ben Affleck wanted to do this story right, so he met with Michael Jordan and made sure the real life player approved of the facts and what the film would be portraying. Jordan’s only request was that Viola Davis play his mom. And who can blame him for that? She’s fantastic.

Ben Affleck continues to prove himself as a skilled director with his brilliant focus and passion for storytelling. For some reason, Affleck is an underrated director. But, with the track record he has that includes, Argo, Gone Baby Gone, The Town and now, Air, he’s proving to be one of the best directors in the business.

The film is a witty crowd-pleaser that moves at a quick pace. It’s hilarious and has a great message about following your instincts and taking risks. Air”is an inspiring truth-based story that everyone should see.

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Susan Kamyab

Susan Kamyab is a Dallas-based television and online film critic, producer, reporter, and writer. Since 2010 she's been reviewing for Irving Television (ICTN) and online at thischixflix.com.