Sorkin aces his di­rec­to­rial bow


Char­lie Jaf­fey in an­other re­minder that the Lon­doner is sure to make it even big­ger in Hol­ly­wood than he al­ready has.

There are neat – very dif­fer­ent – small ap­pear­ances from Michael Cera (Player X) and Ir­ish­man Chris O’Dowd (Dou­glas Downey) and af­ter shin­ing in Man of Steel, Kevin Cost­ner adds an­other soul­ful fa­ther to his CV as Molly’s com­posed and de­mand­ing clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist dad Larry.

The story is framed by Chas­tain’s spiky, hon­est nar­ra­tion and while hav­ing a lead char­ac­ter spout­ing di­a­logue over pro­ceed­ings has felt un­nec­es­sary and even jar­ring in many a movie, here it adds so much to the jour­ney Molly takes.

Wisely stay­ing clear of a straight, point A to point B biopic tem­plate, Sorkin hops back and for­ward through time and it’s in­ter­est­ing to see how much Molly changed her own life – and the opin­ions of those around her.

What does hold the film back, though, is Sorkin’s in­abil­ity to seep through the murky morals and give a clear an­swer as to why we should truly root for Bloom’s quest to swipe thou­sands of pounds from the wal­lets of keen gam­blers.

There’s also no es­cap­ing the fact that the first half is far su­pe­rior to the sec­ond as Molly’s Game buck­les un­der the weight of its hefty two hours, 20 min­utes run­ning time.

Sorkin’s di­rec­to­rial de­but can’t quite match the bril­liance of some of the flicks he’s writ­ten, then, but the New Yorker still shows a sure enough hand to sug­gest he’ll re­turn with a royal flush in the fu­ture.

Play­ing her cards right Jes­sica Chas­tain stars as Molly Bloom

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