Molly's Game (2018)
Critic Consensus: Powered by an intriguing story and a pair of outstanding performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Molly's Game marks a solid debut for writer-director Aaron Sorkin.
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While the script crackles and excites, the film itself is profoundly uncinematic.
Most of the arias in Molly's Game don't achieve liftoff, and so neither does the movie.
If you're fond of Sorkin's script flourishes, then Molly's Game is for you.
Whether we're lawyering up or narrating the drama of a night's play, it's hard to miss Sorkin's writing, but he has yet to find an equivalently distinctive style behind the camera.
What makes Molly's Game more than an entertaining, if enjoyably familiar big-screen Sorkin-fest (whip-smart characters spouting rapid-fire dialogue while slyly revealing personality traits) is that it's a profoundly emotional film.
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While Molly may not have been the most sympathetic character in the world, Chastain did an excellent job in the role. Sorkin was as sharp as ever.
The first five minutes, giving you Molly's sports background, are utterly fantastic. They set a pace the movie somehow keeps up, although the rest of the story contains mostly people talking. But the editing is so breathless and the writing so on point that it sometimes feel like an action film, going back and forth. The actors are top notch, especially Chastain and Elba, the camera work has a few trick up its sleeves too. For a topic that does not sound particularly exciting on paper, the result is an incredibly engaging and ultimately even moving film.
Despite a Freudian tête-à-tête between father and daughter close to the end that threatens to ruin the whole thing, Jessica Chastain is wonderful and makes this film entertaining enough no matter how exhausting it may feel to keep up with Sorkin's incessant, rapid-fire dialogue.
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