Molly’s Game (2017)

Molly’s Game is a 2017 American crime drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (in his directorial debut), based on the memoir Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom.

^okay I just ripped that off Wikipedia, hahaha.

Aaron Sorkin went ALL OUT with his machine-gun rapid-fire dialogues and monologues. I really enjoyed it at the start but it got a wee bit exhausting halfway. Don’t watch this film in the middle of the night, at the end of a hard day at work (thinking that you could just relax into this movie to chill) — which was what I did. #Ragrets

But I think I held out pretty well though, I didn’t lose track of what was going on. The movie was really engaging! And Jessica Chastain’s dresses… oh my gosh. At some point I wasn’t sure if I was gawking at her clothes, or her body, or both.

Okay but seriously speaking, I thought her representation of Molly Bloom was so intriguing that I started googling about her after the film, despite how tired I was on the train home from the cinema.


Apart from Jessica Chastain, I also thought Michael Cera and Kevin Costner’s performances really stood out. Player X (played by Michael Cera) was real badass and I fell head over heels for the character. His true identity isn’t confirmed, but I secretly wish he’s supposed to be Tobey Maguire. There’s just something about a nerdy and innocent looking guy who’s completely ruthless when it comes to poker.

And Aaron Sorkin wrote a pretty darn good screenplay with many lines I wish I had the chance to write down in my notebook! But the cinema was too dark, I didn’t have a pen with me, and they were talking way too fast anyways.

I don’t like playing poker, I like destroying lives. — Player X

I don’t think Molly’s Game is one of those GREAT films that would be considered for fancy movie awards. But it’s nevertheless fun, engaging, educational, and I wouldn’t mind watching it a second time. If you’re a fan of films Aaron Sorkin has written screenplays for, like The Social Network, or other films where the protagonist is a really smart person who vomits his/her thoughts at lightning speed (think Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes), then you would enjoy watching Molly’s Game.

Or just watch it to admire Jessica Chastain.