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We all know what Aaron Sorkin is capable of doing with his skill as a writer, he has the awards to prove it. But how will he handle himself as a director? With the first trailer for Molly's Game, we have our first look at the answer. Molly's Game stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, a world class skier who ended up running one of the world's biggest underground poker games. The film will follow her rise and success as well as the legal troubles that she found herself in as a result. Check out the trailer below.
The basic setup of this film, which is based on the actual events in the life of Molly Bloom, sees Jessica Chastain playing a woman who finds herself involved in the world of illegal gambling, and, after apparently losing her job running a game for somebody else, decides to strike out on her own and build her own gambling empire. This, of course, causes a problem for the authorities. The trailer gives the impression that the bulk of the film will be told as a flashback as Molly Bloom explains her story to her attorney, played by Idris Elba.
The first thing that needs to be said is that Jessica Chastain looks absolutely perfect in this role. Chastain is great a playing women who are motivated and focused and Molly Bloom looks to be just that sort of person. There's also something that just feels natural about hearing her speak dialogue written by Aaron Sorkin. Last year's Miss Sloane was a film that felt desperately like it wanted to be written by Aaron Sorkin, so the fact that this one is just feels right.
In addition to adapting the book Molly's Game (which actually makes a cameo in the trailer) into a screenplay, Aaron Sorkin is making his directorial debut for this film. It will be interesting to see how Sorkin fairs as a director. On the one hand, this will almost certainly be the purest page to screen transition for Sorkin's script that has ever existed, which has the potential to make his language shine better than it ever has before. On the other hand, there's is such a thing as having too much power. Sometimes having a director act as a filter is a good thing, as some people just don't know when to quit and may tend to overdo it if there isn't somebody around to rein them in.
At first glance, however, Molly's Game is looking pretty good. If you're a fan of Aaron Sorkin, Jessica Chastain, or just the sort of character dramas that we tend to get at the movies in the last quarter of the year, Molly's Game may be just your sort of movie. If you happen to like all three of those things, you just hit the jackpot.