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molly's game

★★★★

Director: aaron sorkin (debut)
STARRING: Starring: jessica chastain, idris elba, kevin costner, and michael cera


REVIEWER: lyall carter

Based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier
who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by the FBI. 

With it seeming as though superheroes are swooping into theatres with continued regularity, many within and without Hollywood are lamenting what they believe is the death of cinema for any film that isn't populated with characters in an iron or lycra suit.

But rumours of the death of superheroless cinema are greatly exaggerated especially in light of such films as Molly's Game. Filled with an intriguing true story, rich performances, and detailed dialogue, Molly's Game proves that you don't need a shield or a cape to create engaging cinema. 

 

Molly Bloom's life story is stranger than fiction as she finds herself in the midst of wealthy, powerful men as a hostess for high - stakes poker games where millions of dollars are won and lost every evening. But everything begins to unravel and Molly is left fighting not only her reputation but her freedom. 

 

Aaron Sorkin is no stranger to the art of cinematic story telling as his script writing on everything from The West Wing to The Social Network can more than attest. The story is taut, the dialogue crackles and zings off the screen, and at times the actors are really slugging it out amongst themselves using nothing but words as weapons. I suspect at times the constant dialogue could be a little overwhelming for some and adds to the sense that the film could have been shorter, but overall the story works.

 

Jessica Chastain is absolutely sublime as Molly Bloom artfully transitioning from completely reserved and professional as the host of high stake poker games to the damaged, broken, and pursued character we find at the films end. Chastain is able to command the attention of the viewers even when there are constant mouthfuls of Sorkin's dialogue.  Idris Elba is strong, steady, and firm in his most recognised dramatic performance since Beasts of No Nation

 

If you enjoy a good old fashioned dialogue and actor driven drama, Molly's Game is the film for you. 

★★★★

Molly's Game is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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