Movie Recommendation: Molly’s Game (2017)

Quote from Molly’s Game by Molly: “This is a true story, but except for my own, I’ve changed all the names and I’ve done my best to obscure identities for reasons that’ll become clear.”


Producers: Oren Aviv, Felice Bee, Stuart M. Besser, Adam Fogelson, Mark Gordon, Leopoldo Gout, Matt Jackson, Joanne Lee, Lauren Lohman, Lyn Lucibello, Amy Pascal, Josh Clay Phillips, Robert Simonds, Donald Tang, and Zhongei Wang

Director: Aaron Sorkin

Writers: Molly Bloom (book) and Aaron Sorkin (adapted script)

Major Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, J.C. Mackenzie, Brian d’Arcy James, Bill Camp, and Graham Green

Rating: R for language, drug content, and some violence

Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Everyone likes a story where girl turned woman with the world at her feet who is super intelligent, but with emotional issues stemming from childhood dives into an elite part of Hollywood where the rich and famous gather to get away from family and friends just to let loose.  Even if you find gambling boring or have a rudimentary understanding of poker, such as myself, you learn about the workings of what people call the underbelly of something.  People have this attraction of wanting to know the secrets of anything especially when it involves the perceived glamour of Tinseltown.  This is the kind of movie too fascinating to be a true, but personal testimony and FBI involvement, makes it all too real.  We soak it up like a sponge, wanting more.  There’s obvious relationships between money and power, fame and crime, and judgment and consequences as Molly Bloom maneuvers to gain hold in an unfamiliar place.  Her independence and cockiness catches up with her, and the nice little business she has started turns into a nightmare.  There was a scene that appeared a little too convenient, the iceskating one, but otherwise than this it was a solid movie from start to finish.

Pisaries Creator rates Molly’s Game at 97%



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