Everyone Is Ignoring A Great Ben Affleck Movie As We Head Into Oscar Season, And I’m Sick Of It

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Written By Sedoso Feb

Strasser hopes that doesn’t happen. He hopes his daughter keeps loving him and he gets to keep his job, and he believes Sonny might have been a little too cavalier with taking such a big risk on betting everything Nike has on Michael Jordan. Of course, Sonny retorts that they have to take risks if they want a real win, to which Strasser says, “Spoken like a man without a seven-year old on Sunday afternoon.”

Sonny feels bad about putting everyone’s job at risk, but Strasser also acknowledges that he understands what they’re shooting for. For a moment, Sonny steps back outside of himself and says, “It’s just a shoe,” trying to brush off the significance of this potential move. But that’s when Strasser says, “Well, a shoe is always just a shoe until someone steps into it.”

While it might seem silly to assign such significance to something as seemingly inconsequential as a shoe, these material things are always just things until they become part of our lives. A toy is just a plaything until your kid takes it everywhere with them and gives it a special name. A ring is just a piece of jewelry until you use it to propose to your significant other. A hat is just an accessory until it becomes one of the last things you see a loved one wearing before they die. And the Air Jordan was just a shoe until Michael Jordan stepped into it and provided the inspiration for limitless potential for future generations. 

Ben Affleck’s “Air” isn’t just about a company finding their cash cow in one of the greatest athletes of all time. It’s about how the most mundane things lying around can become surprisingly significant pieces of our lives. 

“Air” is streaming now on Prime Video, and it deserves so much more awards love. But even if it doesn’t get it, I hope Affleck knows he made an amazing film.

I spoke about “Air,” and the rest of my top 10 movies of 2023, on today’s episode of the /Film Daily podcast, which you can listen to below:

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