Aaron Sorkin’s first feature film, directed by real-life scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin, reprises the story of Molly Bloom, who has been nicknamed “Princess Poker” in the underworld.
Category: Biography, Drama, Crime
Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
Actors: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd
Aaron Sorkin is one of the most popular and respected contemporary screenwriters. After penning a successful biopic of The Social Network (2010), Moneyball (2011) and Steve Jobs (2015), he decided to direct himself and writer for Molly’s Game.
Like the three previous films he wrote, Molly’s Game turns the real-life character into a more intelligent and brave character who becomes the ideal model only on screen. Based on the memoirs of Molly Bloom, the film recreates the process of reaching the peak and collapsing in the moment of “Princess Poker”.
The film uses non-linear storytelling, interwoven when Molly is arrested by the FBI and a defense lawyer with the period she built her own empire. Along with that, the narrator’s narrative, reminiscent of the moments of adolescence, has shaped her independent, powerful, and her concept of life.
Set to become a skier in the future, Molly Bloom had to practice under the strict supervision of a father as a psychologist. Not as harsh as Tonya Harding’s mom in I, Tonya, but audiences could see how emotionally disturbed his education and his marital problems had impacted on Molly.
An accident crash ended Molly’s Olympic dream forever, but that was only the beginning of her longing for domination. Molly left home, but instead of attending law school, she spent a year in Los Angeles, doing a night club job. This decision made her life a completely different trajectory.
At the nightclub, Molly met and agreed to become an assistant to Dean Keith – a real estate agent and player who organized the silver million. From movie superstars, sportsmen to Wall Street tycoons or mobsters, Molly was exposed to all the bloody elements of the elite. With a keen sense of mind, she quickly grasped the way she organized, the tricks on the poker table, and the backstage of the players.
By the time Molly’s intelligence had become a thorn in his eyes, the conflict arose and she was dismissed. Not accepting to give up, Molly set himself to organize the silver with the skills that she accrued.
But the complex world that she is risking self-control has always generated potential threats. In order to keep his cool head, Molly had to trade with his dependence on opium. In order to maintain the empire, Molly must expand in size, looking for wealthy but more dangerous powers. It was a time when she had made a mistake in the game itself.
Molly’s Game is pretty long (140 minutes), but it does not make sense because of the dense dialogue script and the rhythm of the movie. The content of the film is plentiful, if not all, to convey most of Molly Bloom’s memoirs to the big screen. The technical terms and psychology of playing cards are also introduced. Molly Bloom’s character has long conversations and heated conversations with attorney Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba). However, the narrative portrayal of the character, especially the beginning of the film, creates a long feeling.
Jessica Chastain continues to prove she is the perfect choice for the shrewd, powerful character in the movie. From Zero Dark Thiry (2012) to Miss Sloane (2016) and now is Molly’s Game, Chastain always exudes the status of a female leader in the world that men dominate. Molly through the incarnation of Chastain always calm down before the events, even though it was an injury to her permanent play, a hoax of customers making business, a mafia attack or Even if you lose all your money and your career.
However, the film does not complete the portrait of Molly Bloom. She was built as an ideal character, with the sole aim of becoming the dominant, proving her independence from the family. Molly alone and lack of connection with the world around. Friendships, love, sex are all omitted, without the clue to the audience understanding her intricate inner world.
Aaron Sorkin has adhered to the material that is lacking in creative risk. Compared to the biopic “The Social Network,” Molly’s Game lacks sufficiently dramatic contradictions to create a narrative appeal. Thus, the key conflict between her and her father is resolved through a short scene that leaves little room for emotion.