[292/365] Molly’s Game (2017)
Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut showcases everything he does well, but also shines a harsh light on everything he has done poorly for so long. The true story of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic athlete who quickly amassed a fortune running underground poker games for celebrities until she found herself in the crosshairs of the American Government. Sorkin built his kingdom on rapid fire witty dialogue and in that regard, Molly’s game doesn’t disappoint, but without a different director to focus him, Molly’s Game finds sorkin more devoted to skipping from witty back and forth to witty back and forth than it does a coherent narrative. Sorkin could get away with it in West Wing and Newsroom, stories that took place over hours, days, at worst weeks, but in a movie that spans ten years, it feels unfocused. Sorkin brings a utilitarian direction style that doesn’t really sell the high roller nature of the film’s subjects and there are scenes that are painfully poorly executed. Chastain is good, and Elba is powerful as always but the whole thing seems off. It’s a fascinating story, and the movie isn’t the worst thing in theaters right now, but the whole film just feels like a great story someone is felling badly.
4 hours ago
Another KNOCKOUT performance by @jessicachastain in 2017! First in #TheZookeepersWife and now in @mollysgamemovie! She is a POWERHOUSE! 2 completely different roles! She deserves all the nominations she gets! Sooner or later she’s gotta win the Oscar! #LongOverdue#JessicaChastain#MollysGame