Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Runtime: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Biography | Drama | 2017
After a coin toss, it was decided that the advanced screening we were going to see was Molly’s Game. Don’t get me wrong, this was the film I wanted to see in the first place, but there were so many options it was just hard to choose. Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom. She was a star on the slopes, particularly during the Olympics, until she had a nasty fall that ended her career. Trying to get back on her feet, she took a job for a man who ended up getting her hooked on running underground poker games.
This film focuses mainly on her arraignment for the crime she commited. With Molly herself narrating the entire story of how it all started, and Idris Elba playing her attorney for the case. In the beginning, the film felt a lot like The Big Short, with the narrator explaining every little thing to inform the audience i.e. skiing techniques, scoliosis, poker terms etc. I enjoy this type of narration as it’s for some reason exciting, probably because of the background music and Jessica’s voice speaking so quickly.
I thought the acting in this film was great. Jessica stealing the show alongside Idris. Kevin Costner plays Molly’s father. We see him a lot in the flashbacks of Molly’s childhood and skiing career, but we also see him in the very end as he puts the psychologist ideas as to what Molly got into Underground Poker in the first place.
Michael Cera plays one of the leading poker players for Molly’s Game. And then there is that guy from Bridesmaids who was a drunk the entire time (Chris O’Dowd).
She writes a book, which I assume is a real book, and I think I may have to check that out.
Overall, I thought this film was good and I really enjoyed it. I thought the personality and perseverance of Molly was inspiring, minus the fact that she was doing something completely dangerous and illegal. He self acceptance was inspiring, along with the fact that - for the most part - she cared about her players and their well being. Her knowledge on the law system reminded me a lot of when she played Miss Sloane as well. I’m going to give this film a “Loved It” rating. You should definitely check this out with it hits theaters in January. (5/5).
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