Monday night I have the incredible opportunity to see Molly’s Game, a film based on a true story about a woman named Molly Bloom. The story itself is made for Hollywood and when you first read the description or see the trailer, the first thought is… there’s no way this is a real story? At least that’s what I thought when I saw it. The film stars Jessica Chastain, with Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera in the supporting roles.
Molly Bloom is a 39 year old woman who was once ranked 3rd in all of North America for freestyle skiing, grew up in Colorado and at 26 years old was making 4 million dollars a year running one of the most exclusive poker games in the world. The film follows Molly’s upbringing, her games and her downfall. At every point of the film, I was rooting for Molly and her success. I was constantly on the edge of my seat while watching, waiting for the moment that everything came crashing down.
Jessica Chastain creates a relatable character, a girl who just wants to please her parents and succeed in everything she does. I believe that this is every young female professional trying to create something out of nothing. Molly is kind, sincere and resourceful. She remains true to her morals regardless of the world she places herself into. Although she had run ins with drugs and alcohol, her personality and character shines through that aspect of her life. Chastain thrives as Molly, who is not only a strong female lead but develops a role that has beauty and brains. Using her sex appeal to her advantage and showcasing she can play the “lead woman” that Hollywood is used to. This character is more than that though, she is unattainable and the story does not focus on romantic aspects and really, you aren’t even questioning it while watching the film.
Not ruining the plot of the film, it follows extremely close to the book and the life of the woman who lived through it. Molly’s Game involves drugs, money, the mafia and criminal law. This drama is one of the best films I’ve seen this year. You’ll fall in love with Molly’s character Chastain generated.
Molly’s lawyer, Charlie Jaffey played by Idris Elba shines as well. He delivers an amazing performance in this film, one of my favorites I’ve seen him in. The chemistry between the two is unbelievable considering this is their first film together. Elba’s character is someone who you can’t help but want to know more of. There are scenes in this film where I wish they showcased more of him and his relationship with Bloom but near the end of the film, you get exactly that. I applaud Elba’s technique to embody his role in such a way that no other actor could and would.
Player X, played by Michael Cera is also someone who you can’t help but love. He is introduced in the beginning as the best celebrity poker player, whose favorite thing to do is humiliate other players. The person he’s based on, I won’t ruin it, is truly shocking. Michael Cera delivers a role that I wouldn’t normally think he would be capable of but he did it well, especially in the final moments. He and Chastain have interesting screen time together and their relationship is defiantly an interesting one. The chemistry between the two comes off naturally, it even has you rooting for their relationship when you first see them together.
The beginning of the film was hands down my favourite; a fast-paced narrative that keeps the audience attached and interested. This is what drew me in, the first 25 lines (or first 10 minutes) really make or break a film. Molly’s Game delivered a tone for the narrative in the first 5 minutes. I applaud Aaron Sorkin for not only writing an incredible screenplay but also his debut to directing. He effortlessly creates a film that keeps the audience entertained, engaged and wondering what will happen next. His visuals are spectacular. Also knowing that it was filmed in Toronto, Canada is a bonus for Canadian audiences.
Overall, if you are interested in films with strong female leads who you are consistently rooting for, this is something you should see. The film doesn’t come out until Christmas but it is worth it. The film plays with your heart strings defiantly but creates a fresh feeling. A Feeling of knowing that there are people who go through extremely dangerous and outrageous things. That can still be optimistic about it.
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Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to check out Molly’s Game in theatres Christmas day! xo