Molly's Game

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Molly's Game

Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain pool their formidable talents to tackle a larger-than-life story that bubbles with smarts.

Aaron Sorkin’s distinct verbal cadences have been so recognisable in so many movies and TV shows, it’s strange to think that he’s never directed any of them himself. Rise-and-fall poker tale ‘Molly’s Game’ finally changes that. It’s a real-life story about a regular high-stakes Hollywood game. Unsurprisingly, the one-upmanship among arrogant gamblers and big cheeses fits effortlessly into Sorkin’s universe, resulting in a wild ride with smarts to burn.

We meet soon-to-be-ex-Olympic-skier Molly Bloom (a terrific Jessica Chastain) moments before a freak accident curtails her career. Following her recovery, she halts her law school plans and moves to LA, where a shady businessman (Jeremy Strong) offers an intro to his underground poker games. From there, she takes over, upgrades them and unwittingly gets mixed up with organised crime. When the FBI raids her home, she hires New York lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) to run her defence.

Despite an underbaked effort to boil Molly’s defiance down to a father-daughter story – an overindulged Sorkin instinct in ‘Jobs’ too – ‘Molly’s Game’ rips along at pace. A sharply judged edit stitches together three separate timelines, shaping Molly as a complex and razor-sharp character in a world dominated by entitled mansplainers. Forget ‘Rounders’ – here’s a poker movie to go all-in on. 

By: Tomris Laffly

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Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Monday January 1 2018
Duration: 140 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Screenwriter: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Jessica Chastain
Idris Elba
Kevin Costner

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tastemaker

Director Aaron Sorkin brings the true story of the rise and fall of Molly Bloom to life. A thwarted Olympic skier, Molly (an excellent Jessica Chastain), learns how to run poker games very successfully as the stakes to simply guarantee a seat round the table rise exponentially. She manages to keep her act together for only so long before becoming addicted to whatever is going. And gradually the net begins to close.Throughout, Molly is an approachable and likeable character so when her inevitable demise occurs, we feel a certain sympathy and her New York lawyer (Idris Elba), works his hardest for her. Molly's father, a psychologist seems to both hinder his young daughter while ski training, and help her as her court case looms.

It's a story worth telling.

tastemaker

Great performance but the script and direction let it down.


Overall I think it would make a better 6 part Netflix miniseries - as the story can take time to unfold and the characters are developed better.


It felt too rushed.


Overall an okay film,but no more than that..The film is just too slick,too glossy,over edited and just Hollywood.70% of the film is just constant 30 second scenes which makes proper development of acting difficult.There is too much of her voice over.It is also baffling in what is happening.The final 30% does slow down and the actors allowed to express themselves but in classic Hollywood style is just too sentimental.Elba is hopelessly miscast as her lawyer and the acting overall is quite modest..too much rapid talking,too much voice over,too much shouting and in the end it was okay but tiresome at the same time