Film Review: Molly’s Game
Molly’s Game is based on a true story about Molly Bloom, a former Olympic-class skier who became better known for running the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game, and in doing so, eventually became an FBI target. The investigation that followed uncovers her underground poker empire for Hollywood celebrities, athletes, business tycoons, and connections to the Russian mob.
The film stars Jessica Chastain as Bloom, along with Idris Elba as her defence attorney and Kevin Costner as her father. It written and directed by Aaron Sorkin in his directorial debut.
The film contains an interesting mix of present and past timelines that weave and intercept throughout the film. At times, it seems a little clunky, but mostly the interplay of flashbacks and current timelines work well.
The strength of this film is its story line. Most biographical films fail at the end due to the plot fizzing out but the plot -with its twists of past and present timelines- pays off. This is what makes this film work, and along with the great acting -particularly by Elba- this film should not be missed.
A downside is at times the historic soundtrack undermines some of the serious themes of our heroine overcoming chauvinism. But hey, nothing’s perfect.
A wonderful and delightful film that is a good watch for all.
15th December 2017
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