Time to tie those shoelaces: Ben Affleck’s “Air” is now available for streaming on Prime Video.
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“Air” made its debut on April 5 on over 3,500 screens, marking an unprecedented theatrical release for Amazon, showcasing its billion-dollar commitment to producing movies for the big screen. The film is a collaborative effort by Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports, Mandalay Pictures, and is the inaugural project from Affleck and Matt Damon’s Artists Equity.
Directed by Affleck and scripted by Alex Convery, “Air” narrates the true story of how Nike’s basketball division inked a historic partnership with then-NBA rookie Michael Jordan, revolutionizing the world of endorsement deals and giving birth to the iconic Air Jordan brand.
Damon takes on the role of the trailblazing Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro, the man who scouted Jordan for the groundbreaking deal. Affleck portrays Nike co-founder Phil Knight, and Viola Davis steps into the role of Jordan’s mother, Deloris, as requested by the NBA legend himself. The star-studded ensemble cast also includes Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker, Chris Messina, Matthew Maher, Marlon Wayans, Gustaf Skarsgård, and Julius Tennon.
“Air” has garnered worldwide box office earnings of $74.7 million and received acclaim from both audiences (earning an “A” Cinemascore) and critics. Variety’s chief film critic, Peter Debruge, likened the underdog narrative to “this generation’s ‘Jerry Maguire.'”
Debruge’s review emphasizes that the film should be seen as the ultimate embodiment of the American dream, describing it as a funny and touching Cinderella story. He notes that “Air” reveals how an exceptional Black athlete, pursued by a group of white men in suits, leveraged his talent to change the game.
Starting May 17, Prime members can enjoy “Air” on Prime Video via all Fire TV devices. Additionally, Fire TV customers can access an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film starting Friday.