“Molly’s Game” Deals Jessica Chastain a Winning Hand

The true story of Molly Bloom takes the screen in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game.  Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) was responsible for running the world’s most exclusive high stakes poker game for a decade until being arrested. Her game’s players included Hollywood actors, business tycoons, professional athletes and eventually, the Russian mob. Now facing the consequences of her actions, her only ally becomes her criminal defense lawyer (Idris Elba), who learns Molly was more than a “poker princess”.

One thing is for sure, Molly’s Game is pure Sorkin.  Witty, fast-paced and energetic, Sorkin has created a very engaging screenplay adapted from Molly Bloom’s novel.  Although the dialogue is consistently strong throughout the film, Molly’s Game loses its steam midway through and drags during the second act.

Sorkin attempts to mirror his dialogue in his directing, which comes off quite similarly to Adam McKay’s The Big Short. Although Sorkin’s filming is sharp, he has still some things to learn as a director. Sometimes jump cutting constantly is not the answer. And maybe focusing a little on continuity during those constant jump cuts would be nice, so I’m not distracted by how Jessica Chastain’s sweater keeps sliding on and off her shoulder.

Although Sorkin impressed as a director, it’s worth noting the strong hand he was dealt. The true winner of Molly’s Game is Jessica Chastain. Chastain was born to star in a Sorkin film, as she fiercely fires every quick comeback and bold statement. She is tenacious and confident in one of her most impeccable performances to date. If there is one thing I would bet on here, it is that Molly’s Game would be nothing without Chastain.

Final Thoughts: Sorkin die-hard fans will rejoice, however, Molly’s Game deals only one winner – Jessica Chastain

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