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by Natasha Poynton (subscribe)
Founder of Your Write, freelance writer, editor, corporate communicator and TV Producer in my spare time, around being a busy mum to 3 little ones and managing our team at Your Write. Find out more where words come effortlessly
Published January 31st 2018
Best known for his award-winning writing on West Wing, Aaron Sorkin turns his hand to directing for his debut feature, Molly's Game. This true story is based on her autobiography, descriptively titled "Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker".

Known in the media at the time as the 'Poker Princess', the film opens with Molly Bloom, played by Jessica Chastain arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. She points out that the raid seems out of proportion with her alleged crimes - running high stakes poker games over two years prior.

Previously an Olympic-grade skier, Molly's career was cut short in a freak accident. Discontent and drifting, she defers law school and moves to LA, away from her high-achieving, success-driven family. She stumbles into the world of underground high-stakes poker games and later hosts her own, first in LA, then in New York. Her clients include well-known sports stars, Hollywood royalty, business tycoons and unbeknownst to her, members of the Russian mob.

Idris Elba plays Molly's criminal defence lawyer, Charlie Jaffey, who gradually comes to understand, there is more to Molly, as well as her intriguing story than what is printed in the tabloids.

Aaron Sorkin is responsible for also adapting the book to film. This means Molly's Gameeis infused with Aaron Sorkin's trademarks - snappy dialogue and well-constructed, extended monologues.

A compelling and well-acted story (including some great scenes with Kevin Costner as Molly's distant and over-bearing father), this is definitively a film to see. In cinemas from Thursday 1st February 2018.

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