“Molly’s Game” (Something like a Movie Review)

This weekend my husband, who never has time off, had time off. For most people that would mean hitting the town and…I don’t know, doing shots or dancing or some other thing I neither know about or am even capable of doing at this point. But we (by “we” I mean “I” because he’s younger than me by a few years) are old and our idea of fun is renting a movie at home where we can lay around in our pajamas and eat ice cream and generally not be bothered by actual other people.

So we’re scrolling through the list and we narrow it down to two: “Molly’s Game” or “Justice League” and I’m thinking “I should probably watch “Wonder Woman” first because woman power or something” so we settle on the former. Honestly, I figured it would catch my fleeting interest and be somewhat entertaining but that I’d sort of float in and out.

Guys.

I loved this movie. My husband loved this movie. It was so so good.

For those that aren’t well informed (I was not either, but now thanks to this movie I’ve spent approximately 12 hours researching Molly) “Molly’s Game” is the true story of “Poker Princess” Molly Bloom. The same freestyle mogul skier Molly Bloom that was on the U.S. Ski Team with a shot at the Olympics, which was dashed by a freak accident on the course.

When she decided to take a year off between undergrad and law school to experience life in California, she got wrapped up in the world of poker by a nasty boss she refers to as “Dean Keith” (Darin Feinstein) and is thrust into a world of underground betting surrounded by celebrities and big business players, going from flat broke to making $3K in tips in a single night. And when she loses that, she doesn’t lay down. She makes her own way, eventually being indicted for collusion with the Russian Mob. (No spoilers on how THAT comes about.)

Hence, she’s on trial, once again broke, and fighting for her name.

Jessica Chastain is phenomenal in this role. She’s got all the attitude one might expect from a Poker Princess, and is brilliant as Molly Bloom. In truth, every actor in this movie knocks it out of the park. (Idris Elba makes a speech…makes you want to stand up in your seat.) And listen, I’m a fiction girl, true stories are not my bag. But knowing this all happened (minus the liberties any book or movie inevitably takes) makes it that much richer.

I loved it so much, I tried to buy the book. Tried, because it’s sold out EVERYWHERE unless you can read German.

So if you’re looking for a great watch, I highly highly recommend this movie. Even if you think “wow, a movie about poker seems riveting *eye roll*.” Do it. Then come back and tell me how much you absolutely adored it.

-D.A. Williams

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