The latest film from Ben Affleck, AIR, has landed on Amazon Prime Video. The biopic has already scored a massive 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 25 years after Good Will Hunting, the Ben Affleck-Matt Damon duo is back on the big screen, and it seems they haven’t lost their touch.
The New Film
Ben Affleck himself took the responsibility of directing the film, along with starring in it with his best buddy Matt Damon. The film also stars Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker, Viola Davis, Chris Messina, and Marlon Wayans, among others. The acclaimed film follows the real events of the 1980s about the origin of ‘Air Jordan,’ the revolutionary basketball shoe line from the famed sportswear house Nike. The story centers on the company looking to reinvigorate its brand image by putting all its faith into Michael Jordan, a rookie basketball player, being the face of the brand. Matt Damon plays the role of Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro, while Ben Affleck plays Phil Knight, the billionaire business magnate and co-founder chairman of Nike.
The Critical Reviews
AIR has already garnered many positive reviews from film critics. Praising the movie’s “perfect ’80s” look and feel, ABC Radio film critic Matt Neil gave the film four out of five stars. He also admired Ben Affleck for his direction by stating that he successfully made an enjoyable light entertainment for the bigger world out of something niche and esoteric. Critic Robert Ebert called the film “old-fashioned but also alive and crowd-pleasing” by particularly noting the “sharp and snappy script” perfectly wrapped up in a marvelous “entertaining package.” The New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis also praised the directing capability of Ben Affleck by saying that he managed to properly champion the talents of the cast, especially Matt Damon and Viola Davis, who plays the role of Deloris Jordan, the mother of the soon-to-be-legendary basketball player Michael Jordan.
No matter whether you’re a fan of art or whether you’re a stranger to this world, there’s a high chance that you’re familiar with the names of Rembrandt and Leonardo Da Vinci. These two artists have changed history with their work and their train of thought and philosophy over the years, but there is one thing that has made some experts question their lives. From their self-portraits, it seems as though these two artists may have suffered from an eye condition. However, one expert has now come up with a new idea to thwart that notion.
The Artist’s Eye
As more and more people have looked upon the self-portraits of these two artists, many of them came to the conclusion that they may have had something wrong with one of their eyes. If you look closely, their portraits all offer skewed eyes that seem a little off, and this led many experts to believe that they had a literal artist’s eye. This is a real eye disorder that’s also called exotropia, and it occurs where one eye looks inward as normal, but the other eye turns outward. This makes their eyes look as though they are very different.
However, it seems as though this might not be the real reason why their eyes are skewed in their self-portraits. An ophthalmologist at Johns Hopkins University, David Guyton, suggests that the two artists didn’t have exotropia, but instead just had a more dominant eye – something which every single person on this planet has. Those who have a more dominant eye often allow this eye to see what it thinks, and this is especially true the closer you get to the thing that you’re focusing on. So, if Rembrandt and Da Vinci were focusing on their eyes in a mirror while painting their portrait, they may have just seen themselves differently.
What do you think? Could they have really had exotropia?