“If you think a princess could do what I did, you’re incorrect.”
Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, and tells the story about a young woman, just having graduated college, looking to make her way in the buzzing city of Los Angeles. When she is introduced into the world of underground poker, Molly’s world is turned upside down in a whirlwind of events that cause the government to get involved.
In 2014, Molly Bloom released her book telling the story of the elite celebrities and Wall Street men who would frequent her underground poker game. This book would eventually become the material used for this film, and becoming one of Jessica Chastain’s best work to date. Molly’s Game is incredibly rich in its storytelling. It’s hard to find a bad script written by Sorkin, and seeing that this is also his directorial debut, I doubt he would write about any material that was not to his liking. But beyond the writing lies the true story about this young woman who had to work hard in order to have a roof over her head. When she finds a real estate agent in need of an assistant, she reaches for that opportunity. Thus introducing her to the world of underground poker. The real Molly Bloom named several elite celebrities such as, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Ben Affleck in her book. People have begun to narrow down who is who in the movie, but that is not the important piece of the film, as intriguing as it may be. No, the film hangs on the shoulders of Chastain the entire film. It could go one of two ways, but Chastain, being the amazing actress that she is, is nothing short of spectacular. She delivers every line with brute force and confidence. Up next to men such as Idris Elba and Kevin Costner, Chastain holds her own and never backs down.
As incredible as Chasten is, this is Sorkin’s baby. From his time with stage plays, to writing for the big screen with films such as A Few Good Men, The Social Network, and Moneyball, Sorkin proves himself with every word that is written and every scene that is crafted. Molly’s Game constantly brings you to the edge of your seat. As I watched this film for the first time, the many cinema goers that surrounded me gasped at different scenes. I myself, who is tight lipped during a film, also gasped out a cruse word or two at the situations that Molly had to go through.
I won’t go into much detail about this film, because everyone deserves to be as surprise by scenes as I was. But I will say that Molly’s Game is a treat for your senses. You will come out of the theatre in shock, and oddly, in the mood to play some poker.
Written and Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
Based on the Book by: Molly Bloom
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael Cera, and Kevin Costner