Molly’s Game (2017)

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Wow … Jessica Chastain sure can talk can’t she?

Molly’s Game tells the story of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic athlete (who I’d never heard of), who comes under fire from the FBI for running underground, high-stakes poker games. 

Okay first things first – this is a looooong film. Sitting at 2 hours and 20 minutes in length it does take it’s toll on you. That being said, the film doesn’t drag, it doesn’t bore you to death but it does leave you feeling a little drained and this mainly to do with the very heavy amount of dialogue.

The film is narrated and at times can seem a little too much, but on a whole it works effectively and didn’t piss me off as much as I first thought it would – so yay!

This is one of these true story movies where you sit there and constantly think NO! I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED!! She’s a complex character that needs a lot of explaining and that’s why I feel the narration actually works well because it helps bring all the wacky goings on together quite nicely.

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The movie is directed by Aaron Sorkin and this seemed to be quite a big selling factor for some people. It was his directorial debut but he’s already made a name for himself in the writing world; having hits like ‘The Social Network’ (which I didn’t like at all) and ‘A Few Good Men’ (which I still haven’t seen).

I mean for a first run, this film is great. It’s not quite amazing and I wasn’t completely thrilled with it overall, but I did enjoy my time in the cinema (even if my bum had fully gone to sleep by the end).

Director aside, the real powerhouse behind this film is Jessica herself and it’s her fab portrayal of Molly that really drives the movie. She is probably one of, if not my favourite actress working today. Her performances are always top notch and you can really tell that she puts her all into everything she does – I just love her.

The film is also filled to the brim with fantastic supporting actors; from Idris Elba to Michael Cera and everyone in  between.

I also have to mention Kevin Costner! His role in this film isn’t a huge part but he has a massive impact on our main character’s life and there is a scene near the end of the film with him and Jessica where I could almost feel a little tear trying to escape my eye…. ALMOST.

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Molly herself has met a lot of interesting characters but I don’t think that excused the length of the film. There were a lot of faces and small story lines that could’ve been removed and not effected it at all.

An example of this would be Chris O’Dowd who seemed to have just been thrown into the movie for a little bit of a laugh and to have a few entertaining scenes. In my opinion I think it would’ve benefited from having a slightly shorter run time. BUT THAT’S JUST ME.

Like I’ve said, it’s a good, strong movie about a girl who’s life is so bizarre I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen next! It’s worth a watch for sure, but watching it at the beginning of 2018 I think it might be long forgotten in 12 months time …

7/10 – A smidge too long but the great performances have you hooked from beginning to end.

P.s it’s one of those true story films where you spend hours on your phone researching it afterwards and holy moly I couldn’t believe half the things I read – so be sure to do the same!

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