“Because it’s my name.. and I’ll never have another.” – Molly
Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jan 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of former world champion skier who after an injury was able to make a name for herself in the world of underground poker.
My Take on it – This is one of the films that I’ve been anticipating for quite some time.
I have always been a huge fan of Aaron Sorkin’s work and try to watch just about anything that he writes because he is such an amazing storyteller no matter the subject.
The fact that this was also his directorial debut was also quite a draw for me to catch this.
As always, Sorkin delivers here and is able to give us a gripping story that keeps things moving the entire time.
The dialogue is constantly engaging us and as always, Sorkin makes it fresh and crisp and fast moving throughout.
It’s quite interesting that with Sorkin’s words, it generally doesn’t matter who is saying them because he is such a superb writer.
In this case, it’s extraordinary hearing Molly Bloom’s words as they are interpreted by Sorkin for us to devour and enjoy.
The cast is amazing with Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba both giving amazing lead performances.
The supporting cast is also perfectly chosen and once again Kevin Costner has proven that he is just as great in supporting roles as he use to be in lead roles and he stands out in every one of his scenes.
Bottom Line – Definitely delivers what one would expect based on the fact that it is written and directed by Sorkin and features Chastain and Elba. The storytelling is done great and remains gripping the entire time. The dialogue is crisp and fresh and always engaging and it doesn’t matter who is speaking because you just want to hear the words by Bloom interpreted by Sorkin. The rest of the cast is also great but Costner stands out in another great supporting role. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Molly Bloom, who is banned from Canada because she pleaded guilty to a federal crime in the United States, was granted a 48-hour pass to visit Canada for the movie’s premiere at TIFF. Ironically, the film was shot in Canada. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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