Molly’s Game – Skiing, Poker and The FBI – Review

So last night was the Cineworld Secret Unlimited Screening and with all the speculation on what the film would be, we finally found out when we sat in the cinema and title card came up for Molly’s Game.

I wasn’t totally sure on what Molly’s Game was, this movie had somehow slipped my attention, but it was fun to watch something that I didn’t know that much about, but what a nice surprise to have a rather down to Earth film to watch for a change.

Molly’s Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons.

Molly’s players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defence lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Elba), who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.

Directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jessica Chastain as Molly, Kevin Costner as her father, Idris Elba as her lawyer and Michael Cera as Player X, the film is very well put together with some nice looking editing to bring Molly’s story to life on the big screen.

We learn about her spine surgery as a child to straighten her spine, the moment she is taken out of skiing in a horrific moment when she hits a frozen twig during her time trials and up to the outcome of her trial after being raided by the FBI.

There is a great connection between the back and forth of Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain throughout the movie. This movie has a great cast list and Sorkin has brought us a nicely directed movie that sometimes feels like a documentary and other times feels like a full-blown drama, a nice touch that keeps the interest in the movie.

Molly's Game - Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba

Molly’s Game – Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba

But the star of Molly’s Game has to be Jessica Chastain, she brings Molly to the big screen very well, the “Poker Princess” that she is tagged as in the movie is more than just a woman running Poker Games, there is far more to the character, with her history of her family, her accident and her rise and fall due to having the wrong people at the table.

It was a nice surprise to have Molly’s Game as the Cineworld Secret Unlimited Screening, a change from a lot of the movies that I’ve been watching lately, nice to see great cast and direction in a down to Earth movie for a change, certainly a film worth seeing.

Molly’s Game was released in UK Cinemas on 1st December 2017 and is out on Blu-ray on the 14th May 2018.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham