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Molly's Game

Deal with her. 

Year: 2017 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Aaron Sorkin 
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera 

Review:

Molly’s Game is the true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), the “poker princess” who came to dominate the world of underground poker.

At a crossroads in life after an injury cuts short her career as an Olympic skier, twenty-six-year-old Molly Bloom is working as an office manager when she’s hired by her boss to run a high-stakes underground poker game for him. Finding herself skilled at this, she quickly establishes herself as a major figure by running her own games. She attracts many rich and famous players to her table, including ‘Player X’ (Michael Cera), a character based on actors like Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio who attended the real-life Molly Bloom’s games. However, living the high life takes its toll on Molly, and as her games start attracting increasingly disreputable players, she finds herself sucked deeper into a dangerous world with both the mafia and the law on her tail.

Jessica Chastain is terrific in her starring role, helping to bring to life her fascinating character and the extraordinary world she inhabited. Idris Elba is predictably good as Molly’s lawyer, while Kevin Costner shines in his small but important role as Molly’s father. Molly’s Game’s Oscar-nominated screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin (in what was also his directorial debut), who brought his trademark fast-moving style to the film and did justice to the captivating real-life story.

Overall, Molly’s Game is a thoroughly enjoyable film that should not be missed!

Iain Walker

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Screenings of this film:

2017/2018 Summer Term (digital)