Molly’s Game

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Film review by Steve Duffy –

Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut about underground poker is so much fun to watch!

Molly’s Game is 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 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

Jessica Chastain is one amazing actor and she works her magic with the great character Sorkin has given her.  She owns the role of Molly Bloom.   

The best scenes in the film are between Chastain and Idris Elba. Their rapid-fire banter with each other is snappy and fun to watch. He is also a suitable force for Chastain.

The downside of the film is that going in, I knew nothing about poker. I couldn’t tell you the different between a “flap” or a “river” and I still can’t. However, Molly’s Game is a thrilling ride into the high-stakes of underground poker.       

Rating: R for language, drug content and some violence

Runtime: 140 minutes

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