Aaron Sorkin has been a fixture in the entertainment industry thanks, in no small way, to his rat-a-tat-tat, quick paced dialogue and smugly flawed and enjoyable characters; it was probably inevitable that he’d eventually make his directorial debut. Molly’s Game is based on the memoir by Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) who manages to create an empire of lucrative high stakes, underground poker rooms in New York and Los Angeles.
Sorkin and Bloom are a perfect match, frankly, as Bloom lived the kind of life a Sorkin character would, going from almost making the Olympic Ski Team to attending Harvard Law School. Within two weeks of living in Los Angeles, she was hosting games at the Viper Room, which has been renamed The Cobra Lounge for the movie, possibly for legal reasons. This is exactly the kind of smug yet flawed persona that is Sorkin’s bread and butter. Stars of the screen would often play her games and eventually so much money ran across her poker tables that the Russian mob and the FBI became involved.
Idris Elba plays Molly’s attorney, and in the few moments of screen time, he gets he oozes his signature charm and charisma. Michael Cera also shows up, although it is uncertain if he is playing himself, as one of Molly’s A-list poker players, or playing a composite of the many young actors who would come and go as Molly’s empire grew.
Molly’s Game will be released on November 22nd and is being distributed by Entertainment One in most territories and STX Entertainment in the United States. It also stars Kevin Costner, Chris O’Dowd, and Graham Greene.