Molly’s Game (NC16)
Starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Directed by Aaron Sorkin
Oscar-feted writer Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut about Molly Bloom, an Olympic-calibre skier-turned-Hollywood poker madam for the rich and famous. But her world comes crashing down when she’s linked to the Russian mob (enter Idris Elba as her lawyer).
Jessica Chastain, no stranger to playing steely, complicated, patriarchy-challenging women, is mesmerising as Bloom. For a while when it’s about the underground gambling circuit, the movie is exhilarating but then peters out when it’s about Bloom seeking redemption.
For that to work, you must first care about her. But for some reason, Sorkin never really allows us to do that. (***)