“Molly’s Game”, the winter drama you’ve been waiting for

“Molly’s Game”, the winter drama you've been waiting for

By Matthew Engler ’18

Directed by Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game” made its box office debut Jan 5. The movie is one of the better dramas of the winter. The biography, and true story, of Molly Bloom tells a narrative that is hard to believe could be true.

 

Aaron Sorkin is not new to directing a good drama. His background is full of notable dramas which have been major box office success. Films such as “Moneyball”, “The Social Network” and “A Few Good Men” have all been popular movies gaining nationwide attention.

 

“Molly’s Game”, similar to “Moneyball” and “The Social Network”, is a true story about a former Olympic Skier, Molly Bloom, who ran a high stakes gambling network for several years until her arrest in 2011.

 

Throughout the movie, we saw the progression of Molly, who started out as a waitress who eventually grew into the ringleader of a massive gambling operation. Molly’s storyline is attention grabbing and continues to be more and more engaging as the movie goes on. Jessica Chastain, who plays Molly, gives a strong performance throughout the film. Chastain played Molly in a savvy way, which gave the character a swagger while running her elite gambling operation. Chastain made the reader want to be Molly: she was in control, did what she wanted, and ran the gambling scene. I personally enjoyed the role Michael Cera played as one of Molly’s Hollywood clients. He brought witty humour here and there which aided the intense plot. I also found the setting to be phenomenal, the contrast between Molly’s initial apartment compared to her gambling set up is extreme. The set directors did a very good job at capturing the elegance and luxury of the elite in society.

 

One of the great relationships in the movie was the constant back and forth dialogue between Molly and her lawyer Idris Elba. Chastain and Jaffey had terrific chemistry throughout the film, bringing out the emotional side in Chastain’s character.

 

The movie, clocking in at 2 hours and 20 minutes, was a bit drawn out. Some scenes seemed to force character development where it wasn’t needed. For example there were several scenes which featured Molly and Idris which seemed like Sorkin was forcing their relationship to grow, rather than letting it grow progressively throughout the film. These drawn out scenes, however, were held together by the compelling plot which continued to advance in a captivating manner until the end.

 

“Molly’s Game” was not an extremely popular release, which meant the theater wasn’t over crowded and several good seats were available. The movie is an interesting, compelling and attention grabbing drama that has been needed for these boring winter months. The movie is showing at Bow Tie Cinemas Royale 6 in Norwalk, and a adult ticket price is $12.75. I would rate “Molly’s Game” and 8/10, I recommend it to those who are in need of a good winter drama.