Plot: Based on the true story, Molly Bloom runs an exclusive high stakes poker game for a decade until the FBI close in on her. Players in attendance included some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Unbeknown to her, the Russain mob were also in attendance.
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James, Chris O’Dowd.
Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut film is a hit. I absolutely loved it. Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom, an ex-Olympic skier who has to give it up after a bad accident. She then lands herself a job as an assistant for a man who runs poker games for royalty and high profile people. She manages to take over the game taking the people with her. She runs it successfully for many years until she gets caught up in drugs and crosses the line and ultimately, breaks the law.
Chastain gives us a voiceover throughout and it works really well because it is a personal story and it should be told solely from the main character’s point of view. It’s all about her and it remains all about her for the whole duration. The film never cuts to another situation that doesn’t involve this character and I liked that.
I didn’t think I’d like the character as much as I did but she really is just a normal female who unfortunately makes some bad decisions but that doesn’t make her a bad person. When she started out she made sure she wasn’t doing anything illegal, she had good intentions. You can see she never meant to let it get out of hand.
Also, the celebrities rumoured to be in attendance of the game is pretty obvious now and Michael Cera’s character who plays Player X is supposed to be a mixture of all these celebrities, according to Sorkin. However, there’s been a lot of speculation that it’s actually Tobey McGuire. After reading extracts from Molly Bloom’s book about altercations between her and McGuire, I really don’t like him. He doesn’t sound like a very nice person. I also read extracts about her opinion on Leonardo Dicaprio and what he did at the game and I’m thankful she said nice things about him because I love him as an actor and I didn’t want my opinions to change of him.
To say this is Aaron Sorkin’s first time directing, he did a great job. The film is two hours and 20 minutes but because it was so enjoyable it didn’t feel that long at all. In fact, it felt like it ended too soon. I loved the story and I loved the film. It was brilliant.