The second trailer for Molly's Game spotlights the critical raves for Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin's Jessica Chastain-led directorial debut. Chastain, herself an Oscar nominee, stars in the film as the real-life underground poker phenom, Molly Bloom. After spending time as an Olympic-class skier, Bloom infamously made a name for herself in the world of high-stakes poker.
Molly's Game tracks the many underground poker games that Ms. Bloom hosted over the course of a decade. However, after illicitly carousing with an assemblage of noteworthy celebrities and public figures - including Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans, and members of the Russian mob - Bloom was eventually arrested in the middle of the night at gun point by 17 FBI agents. Thankfully, she had her criminal defense lawyer, Charlie Jaffey - played in the film by Idris Elba (The Dark Tower) - to serve as her only ally and closest confidant.
Since the release of the first Molly's Game trailer, the film has been screened at a handful of major film festivals, including the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (which took place back in September). Critics have thus far been far and away pleased with the movie, as evidenced by the choice review quotes included in the movie's second trailer. For more, watch the video above and see for yourselves.
It seems that Sorkin found himself at home in the director's chair on Molly's Game, after spending years collaborating with other high-profile filmmakers (David Fincher and Danny Boyle among them) as an in-demand screenwriter for TV and film. In addition, everything that's been revealed thus far from Molly's Game suggests that the film will offer yet another stunning lead performance from Chastain - one that might just have the legs to make it all the way to the 2018 Oscars ceremony, early next year.
Molly Bloom became an undeniable figure of public interest following her activities in the world of underground poker, and so far critics seem to feel that Molly's Game manages to tell her story in a manner cinematically befitting of its immediate subject. That makes Sorkin's directorial debut yet another film to keep an eye out for over the course of the impending awards season, along with such buzzed-about film festival favorites as Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water and Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name (among other titles).
Source: STX Films
- Molly's Game (2017) release date: Dec 25, 2017