“Molly’s Game” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

2 January, 2018

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Screenwriter: Aaron Sorkin 
Director of Photography: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Jessica ChastainIdris ElbaKevin Costner

Synopsis: The story of ex-professional skier Molly Bloom who becomes an FBI target while dabbling in the world of high-stakes poker, lining her pockets with the cash of Hollywood hotshots, moguls, and career criminals who all want a stake in her game.

Molly’s Game Review:

A book-based biopic with a curious nature, “Molly’s Game” matches impulse with outcome, pocketing millions from behind the table while exploiting gamblers with varying levels of financial fortitude. High-staking, money-making cinema with a get-up-and-go attitude, the film trades home comforts for excessive profit, unearthing the Royal Flush of opportunity with little foresight to match its eye-watering cash flow. A go-to poker movie without a male lead adapted from a true to life account of a lucrative underground scheme, Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut falls in love with its subject matter in more ways than one, rummaging through an inherently personal story while also staying hushed on the details.

Mostly modest in its assessment of the drive behind rise-and-fall success, “Molly’s Game” takes great pride in its structure despite a few too many wordy and forced moments, nurturing a solid character study which blossoms before the first act has even commenced. Laboriously paced with an unearned 140 minute run-time yet consistently attention-grabbing with the glamorous Jessica Chastain stealing the show in another impressive lead role, the movie thrives on the natural appeal of its leading lady while demonstrating a level of entrepreneurship so easily hidden behind a pretty face and a low-cut dress.

Although somewhat interchangeable with her recent roles, Chastain’s revamped Miss Sloane provides us with another excuse to feast on her scene-grabbing flair, giving eager viewers a reason to observe the every move of a Hollywood favourite while world class screenwriter-turned-director Aaron Sorkin figures out how to make the leap from page to screen. The transition has its difficulties, particularly with Kevin Costner and Idris Elba locked in contrived supporting roles, and yet, as a product adapted from a censored account of events, it’s a simply miracle that it all falls so neatly into place.