My wife and I went to see the movie Air on Saturday and highly recommend. If you follow this blog closely and have read the job about my the wall street journal op/edco-written with Don Boudreaux, on Air and ESG, you may be wondering how I could write a review without seeing the film. The answer is that Don saw it and I took him at his word. The good news: he got it.
But I want to talk about something else: how good a movie it is. For a quick recap, we follow Nike employee Sonny Vaccaro as he attempts to establish Nike as a player in the basketball shoe market. Several spoilers ahead. Vaccaro makes bold moves, bypassing Michael Jordan’s agent to speak directly with the real decision-maker: Michael Jordan’s mother.
why i love Air such? It’s a good old fashioned movie. There is no sex or romance. It’s about one man’s determined moves to bring Deloris Jordan to the negotiating table and have his two bosses, played by Jason Bateman (Rob Strasser) and Ben Affleck (Nike CEO Phil Knight), back him up.
Beyond that, my wife and I loved the music from the 1984 era. I still stay and watch the credits and there was a lot of credited music, more than usual. Also, I saw the movie Jerry McGuire at least 4 times and i swear some of the background music in a few scenes was very close to the background music in a few scenes Jerry McGuire scenes. Coincidentally, it was one of the songs I liked the most in Jerry McGuire.
I also had a very personal reason for loving the film. It all happened, as far as I know, in the summer of 1984 when Jordan was about to start playing with the Chicago Bulls. That summer was eventful in my wife’s life and in mine. In August we moved from Arlington, Virginia, where we lived when I worked with the Council of Economic Advisers and she worked as an editor at the Center for the Study of Market Processes (later the Mercatus Center) at George University Mason, in Monterey, California. There I started a job as a temporary faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School. My wife was 5 months pregnant with our daughter so she did not drive with me. She flew in and we met at her sister’s house in Chicago, then I drove to San Francisco, where we met, picked up our cat Max, who I had a friend from Washington , and I drove to Monterey, where we had rented a house. Exciting moments and the music from the film reignited my feelings of fear and excitement as we entered into an important new chapter in our lives.