My dear readers, with continued apologies for my sporadic content, here I am pleased to share some thoughts on Ben Affleck's Air.
Hoping to compete with the biggest names in its field, a shoe company courts a future superstar as the face of its brand.
Spoiler level here will be mild for the film, with no accounting for what a reader might know of actual events.
Air isn't the sort of film that's going to set the world on fire, but it's an engaging story, well told and well acted. As the shoe company's brass and bolts, the reliably watchable trio of Matt Damon, Jason Bateman, and Ben Affleck carries the movie effortlessly. Viola Davis nearly steals the whole show as the mother of the athlete they court to represent their company. The broad popularity of the titular product makes it unlikely anyone's watching Air without knowing how it turns out, but the movie manages to maintain tension all the same (a feat Affleck also achieved admirably with Argo). Rounded out with a stellar 80s soundtrack, Air is the most enjoyable movie I've seen in a good, long while.
Air clocks in at 111 minutes and is rated R for language.
It won't be the talk of awards season, but Air is a satisfying exercise elevated by a familiar and likeable cast. Of a possible nine Weasleys, Air gets eight.
Air is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Until next time...