5 reasons to see Molly's Game
Jessica Chastain is an actress who knows how to pick her projects.
That being said, it seemed like almost a match-made in heaven when she came on board to star in esteemed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, Molly's Game.
Based on the memoir by former Olympian Molly Bloom, the film tells her story of how she ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game, and subsequently became an FBI target. It's a crazy true story, and you can see it all unfold when Molly's Game hits Cineplex theatres on Christmas Day.
We've got 5 reasons why you should be sure to check it out below!
The Supporting Cast
There are a lot of small roles in Molly's Game, but no small actors. Everyone in this is great. Kevin Costner gives the film it's emotional weight as Molly's father, Michael Cera pulls off the sleazy A-List movie star, Brian d'Arcy James is convincingly bad at poker, Jeremy Strong is good at being bad, and Chris O'Dowd is wonderfully pathetic.
Aaron Sorkin's Dialogue
There aren't that many screenwriters in Hollywood that are as distinctive as Aaron Sorkin. You just know when you're watching something he wrote, as the dialogue has a signature fast-paced intelligence to it. Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba totally eat this up, it almost feels Shakespearean watching the two of them go at it. It also adds another layer to Molly's story, which is already so glamorized in nature that it may as well have a sparkly script to go with it.
The mystery of underground poker
It's pretty cool to watch this film and see what exactly these super exclusive poker games were like. It's like getting a glimpse into how the elite live, and even moreso into how the elite gamble. It's pretty crazy to see how these games were played, what it meant to be invited, and how much money people would lose!
It's especially crazy considering this is all a true story, which apparently featured a lot of real people who go unnamed in both the book and the film. Molly made sure to protect the people who were involved in her poker games, but when you hear that these were mainly A-List celebrities that participated, it makes you wonder. Rumour has it that the "movie star" character, played by Michael Cera, was actually Tobey Maguire in real life.
We said it before, but Jessica Chastain truly nails the part of Molly Bloom, mostly because of how brilliantly she speaks Aaron Sorkin's language. This film is totally on her shoulders, and she's also the only prominent female part in the entire thing. We're always impressed every time Chastain appears on screen, but this is a role that she really mastered in a way we can't imagine another actress doing. She just simply fits into Sorkin's style, and we'd love to see the two work together again.
Molly's Game opens at Cineplex theatres on December 25th.