Film Review: Molly Knows The Game Better Than Most

Film review: 'Molly's Game'

Molly’s Game is a biographical drama about Molly Bloom, who got sideways with the feds over organizing underground high stakes poker games.  The film was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and was based on the autobiography Bloom had published in 2014.  The film stars Jessica Chastain in the title role and is joined by such august talent such as Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, and Chris O’Dowd.

Molly Bloom is born into quite the intellectual and athletic family.  Her promising ski career is cut short by an injury occurred while training for the Olympics.  She is introduced to the world of underground poker after moving to Los Angeles.  She comes into contact with various celebrities and bigwigs.  But matters take a much nastier turn after she moves to New York and comes across some mob guys.

It’s a great cast, but the movie does seem to drag quite a bit at times.  The poker jargon that is thrown around isn’t always explained that well, which is a little distracting.  It’s probably not the masterpiece that others may claim, however there is still a lot going for this one.  As mentioned before, it’s a solid cast.  It is a pretty interesting story for the most part.

In spite of the some of the missteps, I will going to say that I liked the movie overall.  I don’t think this is one I will be drawn to repeatedly, however it’s just compelling enough for me to not regret sticking it out until the end credits.

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