Deal Me In!
- By Jon Steely
- Photo Courtesy of STX Entertainment
Now that we’re headed into 2018, it’s always fun to start off the new year with an exciting film that sweeps you away to a fascinating place. Molly’s Game, the true story of a world class skier-turned-poker madam, will definitely take you to that place. And if you’re a fan of The Social Network, The West Wing and The Newsroom, you’ll enjoy the same rapid-fire dialogue provided by writer-director Aaron Sorkin as he makes his directorial debut with this compelling crime drama/biopic.
Following a horrible skiing accident, Molly Bloom (two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain), a beautiful Olympic-class skier, relocates to Los Angeles, where she winds up running an ultra-exclusive underground poker game catering to Hollywood movie stars (Michael Cera), famous athletes, powerful billionaires and eventually the Russian mafia. (Along the way, she also picks up a drug habit.) But years later, after she’d stopped living life as a high-end poker madam, the FBI burst into her home and placed her under arrest, leading her to forge an alliance with an exceptional criminal defense attorney (Idris Elba) and a reunification with her therapist father (Kevin Costner).
Based on Bloom’s memoir “Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker,” Molly’s Game tells an intriguing tale in which truth, once again, proves to be stranger – and more entertaining – than fiction.
“Molly’s Game” is now playing in theaters.