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A profile of Michael Jordan's experiences in the first few years of the
nineties, particularly focusing on the championship winning season of
1991/92, the Olympic winning Dream Team and off-court events such as
the media reports of a selfish and arrogant Jordan in the book "Jordan
Rules", the retirement of Magic Johnson, the controversy over Jordan's
alleged gambling problems.
After watching a few of the early films/documentaries made by the NBA I really had had my fill of corny corporate nonsense and approached this film with real reservations. I knew I would get clips but was hoping that the presentation would not be awful. Although not brilliant, this film is actually more of a documentary than the out-and-out promotional pieces that Playground and Come Fly With Me were. The approach taken here is to put Jordan as the "presenter" as it were, by having him talking about his season and experiences with few other contributors and no narration. It is a good call by the producers because it allows the Jordan brand to come over as much more accessible and natural and not this wooden thing that they are unsure what to do with.
Jordan himself talks with an open air and he manages to come across natural and charming, even where sometimes you do get the impression that he is being guarded about what he is saying. It helps that although the "iffy" topics are moved over quite quickly, they are not just whitewashed from the pages of history and I respected the film for that. The game footage is good as well; instead of being just a highlight reel it is used to paint a picture of the season so as well as the awesome stuff we do get the ugly as well my particular favourite as a Knick follower being the chance to see them get down and dirty with the Bulls in the playoffs! It is a solid and engaging film then and, while not insightful or critical at any point, it is refreshingly free of smaltz or corporate polish.
Overall then an interesting and surprisingly natural documentary looking at the Bulls defence of their first title, the Dream Team and the challenges facing Jordan during that time.
This is possibly the best Michael Jordan video out there. It takes us from the start of the 1991-1992 season to the end of the original dream team run for gold at Barcelona. The video isn't just a clip reel (which there is still plenty of) but it also gives us a closer look at the man: Michael Jordan. The video shows us how Jordan reacts after being ejected from his first NBA game, how he deals with people attacking his gambling, his reaction to the JORDAN RULES book, Magic Johnson's retirement from the NBA and other moments that you won't find in any other video that was produced for Jordan. This was a great video and a definite must have for any Jordan fan, NBA fan or any sports fan that wants to remember the best that ever played the game. "Air Time" does have a lot of Michael Jordan highlights from the regular season, a couple of the championships, an all-star game, and from the '92 Olympics. It also tells of some of the controversy Jordan had to put up with such as the accusations of his gambling and when a writer stated something that Jordan supposedly said about one of his teammates. Bottom line, when you watch "Air Time," you'll learn a lot more about Michael Jordan than you ever knew before, and it's coming from him in his own words. It also has some spectacular highlights that you will never forget. If you're a Michael Jordan fan, I recommend getting this video right away. If you're not a Michael Jordan fan, this video might change your mind about him. Great stories about the greatest basketball player that ever lived!!!!!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Michael Jordan: Air Time takes the viewer on a journey into the life of
this superstar, both on the court and off. It offers looks at his
spectacular play, locker room chats, and intimate interviews with him
at home with family and friends during his second NBA championship
season and as part of the Olympic "Dream Team" in Barcelona.
Michael Jordan has become one of the most recognized and celebrated athletes in history.He had won two championships and lived through two small scandals when this documentary-lite was made in 1993. During his 1991-1992 season, the unauthorized book The Jordan Rules accused the player of being a bossy, hot-tempered team captain, and questions about Michael's off-court gambling habits arose. Still, as the level-headed Jordan notes, he had decided that year that the only person who could knock him off his pedestal would be himself--not a book author or media folks. In short, Michael matured.
While watching Air Time, it's hard not to believe in a guy who's had to believe in himself so often.This is true especially when you see the endless stream of media pressure and public attention the man faced every day. It puts Jordan's love for golf in a new light, as a serene escape from the NBA circus.
Aside from that,it also has a lot of insight from Jordan himself on what it's like to be a superstar, what he thinks of his friends in the NBA, and he talks about what he thinks of himself when it comes to basketball and as a role model.In summary, you'll learn a lot more about Michael Jordan than you ever knew before, and it's coming from him in his own words.
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