‘Molly’s Game’ Review

Jessica Chastain Shines in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game

Newly released on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray, Molly’s Game is an engaging and intelligent film based on the based on the real life of disgraced ‘Poker Princess’, Molly Bloom.

The film tells the story of the former skiing champion with dreams of reaching the Olympics who, after injuring herself and destroying her hopes of reaching the top levels in skiing, went on to become one of the biggest players in the high stakes poker world.

A fiercely intelligent, suave (yes, contrary to popular belief that can be used to describe women too) and ambitious character, Bloom finds herself working an LA poker game where her charisma earns her something like acceptance in a man’s world.

But her success is short lived when that ‘acceptance’ wains thanks to a disgruntled potential suitor, and her game is taken from her. The tenacious Bloom, not one to be kept down, moves to New York to start a new game where things briefly go right before they go so wrong, and she finds herself battered emotionally and physically, whilst facing some serious jail time.

The movie is the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, the genius behind the West Wing, The Social Network and Moneyball, who has made a name for himself thanks to his sharp and intelligent, sometimes overbearingly so, writing. But it’s Chastain who skilfully wields Sorkin’s words like a powerful sword of equality to the point that you can forgive the often long-winded, overly intellectual writing that has become a trademark of Sorkin’s for better or worse.

Chastain has made a name for herself playing strong, intellectual female characters and this may be her best work to date. She’s incredibly as the ballsy, sensuous and flawed yet, ultimately, kind-hearted Bloom. Even in the face of potentially having her life handed back to her, she refuses to divulge private information on the harem of influential and powerful men that sat at her table – from Washington and Wall street to Hollywood – fearing that it would destroy more lives than just her own.

Idris Elba also puts in a great performance as Bloom’s legal council, showcasing why he is currently one of hottest properties in Hollywood, thanks to his versatility.

Molly’s Game is an engrossing tale of a strong female in a man’s world, and while some of her choices are questionable, there’s no doubt that she’s a role model for modern women.

Available on Digital May 9. Available on Blu-ray & DVD May 23