Molly's Game (2018)
Critic Consensus: Powered by an intriguing story and a pair of outstanding performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Molly's Game marks a solid debut for writer-director Aaron Sorkin.
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While the script crackles and excites, the film itself is profoundly uncinematic.
Most of the arias in Molly's Game don't achieve liftoff, and so neither does the movie.
If you're fond of Sorkin's script flourishes, then Molly's Game is for you.
Even though this is Sorkin's directing debut, quite a bit of the clarity comes from the visuals, annotated when necessary, precisely shot and edited with nearly every trick known to contemporary filmmaking.
Audience Reviews for Molly's Game
Hinges completely on Jessica Chastain's performance (which thankfully is pretty great all around) but Idris Elba in his supporting role cannot be understated. The two of them quickfire dialogue in true Sorkin fashion, and while Molly's Game will probably not top anybody's lists for 2017, I do think most people will at the very least gain something from the movie, be it insight or enjoyment. Hopefully? Both.
I may be a sucker for Sorkin's scripts, but there's no denying how great a writer he is, especially after watching this film, and it turns out, he is a pretty good director too. This is an interesting story about an incredibly interesting woman told in an interesting manner. Chastain is terrific and Elba is great, but the real star is the complex and engrossing life of Molly Bloom and Sorkin' screenplay about her.
Molly's Game is Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, clearly having studied at the altar of David Fincher, and he packs a lot into his 140 minutes chronicling the rise and fall of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), a former Olympic hopeful who found herself running an expensive, private series of poker games. She's drawn into an unfamiliar world and through her tenacious grit, preparation, and fortitude, she is able to become a fixture amongst the rich. Then the FBI comes knocking and wants to charge her in conjunction with being part of a Russian money laundering operation. Driven by a fierce performance from Chastain, Molly's Game is a gloriously entertaining movie that glides by. It burns through so much plot so quickly, so much information, that you feel like you might have downloaded Bloom's book while watching. The musical Sorkin dialogue has never sounded better than through the chagrined, take-no-prisoners Chastain. The snappy dialogue pops, the characters are richly realized, and even during its more outlandish moments, like a surprise paternal reunion therapy session, Sorkin packs multiple movies of entertainment in one brisk, excellently manicured production. Nate's Grade: A-
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