Jessica Chastain is a force to be reckoned with in every role she plays. She’s a sensation both on and off screen and, personally, one of my heroes. I admire every part she’s in because she carefully chooses roles that have complicated and strong women at the center. She firmly believes, as I do, that there’s more than one side to women to be seen on screen. I’m always excited to see what she brings to the table next.
So, what really elevated my excitement for this movie? The fact that it was being written and DIRECTED by Aaron Sorkin. The wordsmith behind movies like “The Social Network”, “A Few Good Men” and “Moneyball” along with television shows like “The Newsroom” and “The West Wing”. He’s known for his quick wit and snappy dialogue, which he brings in full force to “Molly’s Game”.
“Molly’s Game” is the true story of a woman named Molly Bloom. She was an Olympic-class skier for a while, but after an accident left her disqualified she packed up and moved to Los Angeles where she got involved working underground poker games involving some of the most elite individuals in the city. Later, she started her own high-stakes poker games that soon became the most exclusive in the world. From movie stars to wall street tycoons, the biggest names in high society came to play. Which soon led to the FBI right on her doorstep.
This movie is, obviously, INCREDIBLY well written. But Sorkin also does a magnificent job directing! This was his first swing at it and he hit it right out of the park. The tone and colors of the film coincide with the emotion in each scene. The film is led with two phenomenal performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, who plays her attorney. The witty and informative dialogue constantly keeps the audience invested in the story. There’s not a single moment where you’re taken out of the film or your attention is driven away from the plot.
One thing I also loved was the portrayal of Molly. One thing I addressed in the beginning was how Chastain always goes for complicated, strong, leading women and that’s exactly what Molly is. She was a business woman running her own version of a company. She never slept with her clients and carefully calculated her every move so as to stay out of trouble in the best way she could. Men underestimated her, and she blew them out of the water every time. She broke the standard of how a woman would usually be portrayed in a situation like that. She’s independent, smart, clever and kind. It’s an incredibly admirable thing to see on screen.
This movie has tremendous repeat value. I could’ve watched it again in the same day. Bravo, Aaron Sorkin! I cannot WAIT to see what you do next.