exit Ben Affleck He did it again, winning massive acclaim for his work in the new film air. Written by Alex Convery, the film is based on true events, chronicling a business deal between Nike and NBA legend Michael Jordan to create the iconic Air Jordan shoe line. Affleck also stars in the movie, reuniting Matt Damon as a co-lead, with air It also starred Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, Chris Tucker and Viola Davis.
at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), air Its world premiere took place, giving critics a chance to see the film early before its wider theatrical release in April. All of these early reviews showed great praise for the film, scoring this film a 100% Likes on Rotten Tomatoes. That score could wind up a bit once the film starts attracting more reviews next month, but getting unanimous critical acclaim straight from SXSW is certainly an excellent indicator of how well the film has been received overall.
“air is one of the best sports movies ever made,” says IndieWire critic Marisa Mirabal, declaring air To be an instant classic. Affleck has successfully captured Nike’s energetic and fun marketing journey while honoring everyone involved. air is a massive story of underdogs filled with likable characters.”
Already predicting an Oscar’s win airShowbiz 411 reviewer Roger Friedman writes, “The movie everyone wanted and couldn’t find is here. air It’s the first movie Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have produced since we first met them in 1997 Goodwill hunting. It’s also a potential first-season Best Picture nominee.”
Slashfilm’s Ryan Scott describes air as an “atypical sports drama” that thrives on focusing on off-field stories. Perhaps this makes it more accessible to moviegoers who aren’t basketball fans, as Air Jordan’s unfolding drama is compelling enough to watch on its own.
“Damon is at his quiet, charming best here, while Viola Davis, perhaps the finest actor to walk the planet, lends her talents to a crucial supporting role as Deloris Jordan, Michael Jordan’s mother,” Scott says of the cast, offering special praise to the performers. “This is just the tip of the iceberg, as we also get great performances from the likes of Jason Bateman, Chris Messina, and refreshingly Chris Tucker. Not to mention, Affleck himself is just as much fun as Nike founder Phil Knight.”
Affleck garnered a lot of praise for his work as the film’s director, too.
“Affleck’s choices, from acting and directing to writing, all work together perfectly to bring to life a biopic that embodies the importance of legend as much as it is the sum of events,” says Kate Sanchez in But Why Tho? put it.
Will Air be a big winner at next year’s Oscars?
It remains to be seen whether air is a big hit at next year’s Academy Awards as some critics might expect, but the praise is clearly a good sign. This wouldn’t be the first time Affleck has received a Best Picture nomination as a director, as he previously directed the hit film. argo. Affleck won an Academy Award for this movie in 2013. He also won an Oscar in 1998 for Best Original Screenplay. air Co-starring Matt Damon in the title role in John Van Sant’s acclaimed drama Goodwill hunting.
air It will be released in theaters on April 5, 2023, making it the first Amazon Studios movie that won’t be simulcast on Prime Video upon its release since 2019. You can watch the official trailer below.