Known for his award winning spin as screenwriter of 2011's The Social Network: Aaron Sorkin returns to write and direct the real life biopic of Molly Bloom. The story of a young and intelligent olympic skier who masterminds america's most exclusive high stakes private poker game - portrayed quite excellently by Jessica Chastain. Molly's Game is the gripping true story that accounts for everything that happened but - significantly - erases the names of the rich and famous
Molly's Game plays its cards right in this ferociously enjoyable, all-in round of poker. It gives the impression of being a Wolf of Wall Street style tale - but it isn't. Believe it or not, Molly's Game is a far nicer, well informed story that's primary focus is not so much about gambling, but more the drive, ambition, integrity and resourcefulness of its lead.
Jessica Chastain appears in her finest performance since 2011's The Help - taking helm of more challenging, contemporary role that deservedly should put the two time academy award nominee back on the mainstream Holywood map. As the story unravels and the protagonist begins to slip into illegal wrongdoings Molly maintains a likeable, good spirited and dextrous personality.
Chastain honours the real life poker princess in a film that could quite easily depict all the seedy excesses of the high stakes private gambling world, but instead concentrates on the how she right went about it things - incredibly - in the right way. What makes Molly's Game click is the sustained focus on Molly herself - poker being the backdrop to a beautifully painted picture. As the two elements combine it quickly becomes a quick, smooth and stylish adventure.
Molly's Game is a smart, slick roaring success. An exceedingly intelligent narrative - Molly's Game never becomes boastful or cumbersome to the average joe. In fact you can learn a lot for this movie: Aaron Sorkin is triumphantly superb, Jessica Chasitain continues to be one of hollywood's finest actresses and finally - most importantly - we all learn never to try and run a multimillion dollar poker game!
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