"Molly's Game" is based on the incredible true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), a former Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested by armed FBI agents. 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 (Idris Elba), who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.
Really well made movie, even if I did not understand all the “poker jargon”, it didn’t really matter as it was such a great ( true) story.
Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba are both superb and the complex legal fight towards the end is very well staged.
I loved the movie, and I think Jessica is the most talented actress around now.
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Dealt a poor hand with this movie
- Molly's Game review by DW
Was looking forward to this film but one thing I cannot stand is narration throughout a film.
Watched for a time then turned off.
Could have been so much better without constant commentry.
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
Unlikeable characters make this a busted flush
- Molly's Game review by TR
I had no sympathy whatsoever for the inhabitants of this particular world, one of whom freely admitted to being in it to destroy lives. What was destroyed for me were the last vestiges of relatability I might have had with any of these humourless and selfish types.
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Jessica Chastain’ s Breasts
- Molly's Game review by CW
Apart from a few fairly noteworthy scenes with Idris Elba and Kevin Costner, my one, or should I say two, lasting memories of this quite ordinary movie are in my review title. Some of the verbal exchanges are satisfying but this is a Aaron Sorkin film.
Suppose have to go for a 3 as Idris is good in it.
Supposedly based loosely on fact........bit like the drugs films, like Blow, tends to make heroes of people that make huge amounts of money out of criminal rip-off activities that ruin thousands of lives and families.
Jesse James again. He was a very nasty criminal. Billy the Kid shot people in the back, from a distance, with a rifle, then robbed them.
This lady scammed millions from an underworld activity including/using drugs and prostitution. The film then sets her up as some laudable example of how to pick yourself up, and make free money.............the American Dream!
All these films are about nasty people..........entertaining perhaps, but good role model??
Idris character excellent lawyer, made lot of money getting her off....................should have gone inside.............
At first this was a great fast moving and intriguing film. But there was little to give sympathy to any of the protagonists and as time went on I found myself not particularly bothered about the characters, then not bothered about the end of the film and finally bored.
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Read the book instead
- Molly's Game review by Alphaville
In director Aaron Sorkin’s own words, this is ‘a poker movie’. If you don’t like poker, give it a miss. If you don’t like incessant voiceover, give it a miss. Molly is a poker hostess. Her prattling, quick-fire voiceover, telling us everything we’re watching on screen, is a pain. Sometimes it’s more like listening to an audio book than watching a movie. Sorkin has previous in this, as a writer on The West Wing, but while verbosity may work on TV it rarely does on film.
Another mistake is having the film’s structure alternate between a present-day court case and flashbacks of how Molly got there. This is never a convincing plot ploy. Giving the end game away merely makes the flashbacks predictable. There are even further pointless flashbacks to her childhood with her father. One suspects the script stays too loyal to the real-life Molly’s autobiography. The poker-game flashbacks zip along pacily enough if you’re interested, but the whole film lacks drama and amounts to little.
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Glossy magazine movie about a vile world.
- Molly's Game review by TE
Sleek, flashy and empty. There is some smart dialogue but any momentum is killed stone dead by the clunky reliance on flashbacks.
It gives a peek into a horrible world of spoilt rich people with colossal egos who inhabit a hermetic world of super-exploitation.
Strong acting, crackerjack dialogue (as you would expect) can't hide the fact that the sum of its parts is less than its whole. Do we really care about the characters? I didn't, but it's a slick movie asking you to root for characters that are basically sleazy.