This is a solid film that features incredible performances from Jessica Chastain, who is an absolute knock out in this in every way and Idris Elba who maintains his badass charisma and intensity, making it a rollercoaster ride as these two acting titans take their craft to a whole other level. Sorkin can definitely write some words but his directing is flat and it feels like the actors are what make this film good.
You can find the story compelling or like Sorkin as writer but the same Sorkin brings all the things i hate in today´s directing, choosing "The Big Short" as model for his heavy filmmaking. Which means cool, overly confident and vulgar, using image only as illustration. The editing cuts as short as possible the dialogues to produce artificial speed but it is all smoke and nothing hides behind this pale Scorsese copy.
MOLLY'S GAME is an impressive directorial debut from writer Aaron Sorkin. All the things you loved from Mr. Sorkin's writings, you can find it in this movie. MOLLY'S GAME is movie that "talked" too much. But that makes this movie feel exciting & interesting. Aaron Sorkin is no David Fincher or Danny Boyle. So the visual aren't interesting enough if you compared it with THE SOCIAL NETWORK or STEVE JOBS. Worth watching
Its biggest problem is its simplistic emphasis that Bloom's actions, from childhood on, are all pathologically determined by relationships with men (and the dreaded "Father" whose infidelity is her primal scene). Unfortunately, Sorkin has only superficial knowledge of Freudian theory (and tries to apply it). But Chastain gives the role dignity, even if it doesn't give her opportunities to really give a performance.
Obviously, I expected A LOT from my two favorite persons in the industry, Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain. But, this... is... just.... a disappointment. The movie is very messy. Too many voice over, I think the direction is all over the place. I mean, Molly's Game is nothing compared to A Few Good Men and Steve Jobs. This directorial debut is not a success. Even Chastain's performance does not help.
A Sorkin effort. It's strangely moralistic, all about integrity in the most unlikely place to find it - and Sorkin doesn't quite pull it off. It's a tad unreasonable, a tad stretched, a tad 'so what'. Also, don't quote the Crucible! Always nice to see Kevin Costner on screen and Jessica Chastain is her usual brilliant self. For a fix of Sorkin with a sharper edge watch the Steve Jobs film (then this for afters).
Interesting enough story that is just absolutely ruined by showy, cliche-riddled writing, murky and dated lighting, way too much voice-over and a cripplingly duration. I smelt a rat the moment her helmet and goggles magically slid up next to her after the ski-accident. 2.5 stars
strong female character!! ... from a man's POV. Great that she has so many strong men who can stand up for her and facilitate her emotional arc tho. Really lucky. Also can someone do a count of how many times the phrase "lost the game" appeared in this script