Molly's Game (2017), Dir Aaron Sorkin

Molly's Game (2017), Dir Aaron Sorkin
In this room you couldn’t buy your win, you couldn’t buy me and you couldn’t buy a seat at the table.
— Molly Bloom, Molly's Game (2017)

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O'Dowd, Samantha Isler, Brian d'Arcy James, Piper Howell, Joe Keery, Whitney Peak, Angela Gots, Jon Bass, Claire Rankin.
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin

Did Aaron Sorkin write & direct this in his sleep as it is a little lazy on the structural side of things. He has two of the more interesting actors at this disposal yet the film comes off a little flat, a little let's-get-on-with-it, we know where this is going. His crutch of using a lawsuit to spell out this plot was all well and good in The Social Network, yet there is no real need to have the perspective shift between then and now other than to have the beautiful Idris Elba (playing Charlie Jaffey) on the screen.

I would have loved to of watched this blind, letting the film take the route of the downward spiral of regret that you don't get to feel as you know she is okay on the other side. Knowing she has been out of the game for two years leaves little to the imagination when the reality should be so intriguing. Sorkin spends a little too much time redeeming his protagonist, Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) instead of letting his audience do that themselves.

But I love the way Chastain plays Molly with her sigh when men profess their undying love, her maternal nature when they come to her for advise, her empathy for those who's lives she could potentially destroy if information was placed in the wrong hands. Here Chastain is funny, respectable, yet the lack of ultimate respect to the audience leads the film to handhold our affection for her when that could have naturally happened by us following her demise.

★ ★ ★