Director- Aaron Sorkin
Starring- Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner.
Tonight I went to one of Cineworld’s secret screenings. They do this every now and then- and you basically go blindly into a film, ahead of its release date.
I had been hoping and praying for Star Wars- so when a film called “Molly’s Game” popped up on the screen, I prepared myself for disappointment.
However- what I can tell you about this film (being the smug brat who’s seen it a week early) is that it is absolutely brilliant.
The story is a true story, based on the life of Molly Bloom (Chastain) fallen Olympic ski champion, who turns her hand and her brilliant mind to running one of the largest secret poker games in LA and New York.
The film bounces between several- timelines. The childhood Molly who has a troubled relationship with her father (Costner), the Molly in the peak of her criminal career and finally modern day Molly- coming up against the criminal charges that have been brought against her, alongside her defendant (Elba)
First off, I knew absolutely nothing about this film- having not even having seen trailers. The storyline was unpredictable, exciting and honestly- I think I’m going to attempt to do that more in the future. Having no preconceptions about it made for a much more enjoyable viewing.
Secondly, the characters and the theme were right up my street. Molly is an empowered businesswoman and entrepreneur. There’s no romantic storyline thrown in there for the sake of it, she’s got the bulk of the story and I don’t feel like she’s ever overshadowed by the male cast.
I loved that she was unashamedly getting a kick out of beating powerful men and controlling them.
I also really loved the dynamic between the father and daughter. It can be tough to get a difficult relationship to look genuine on the screen- but I think this film managed it, with enough heart and hopefulness that you didn’t totally lose face.
Finally, the acting was brilliant. I’ve always been an Idris Elba fan- but was blown away by Jessica Chastain. Not only is she incredibly beautiful, but she was so wholly convincing and believable in her role.
Ultimately- an enjoyable, clever and well-written story, that I would certainly recommend.
Molly’s Game is out 9th December in the UK.