If you haven’t caught it yet, you need to watch Molly’s Game: it had us watching nonstop at the edge of our seats!
The story – Aaron Sorkin’s (The West Wing, The Social Network) directorial debut – unfolds nicely, with Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) training to become an Olympic skier, glimpses into her brilliant mind, and then it takes us front seat into her career-ending injury. After that it gets really interesting.
To deal with her cracked nerves, she decides to temporarily put off law school and flies to Los Angeles to sort things out. Once there, she becomes a cocktail waitress. A patron at the bar ends up hiring her to become his office manager, and not long after that she’s running his underground poker games.
Little by little, she learns about card games … the terms, the odds, the styles, the players … until she ended up running the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game, hosting players like Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, and Leo DiCaprio.
An intelligently written and superbly acted (Kevin Costner plays her dad, while Idris Elba is her high-powered attorney) tale that will have you gasping at how quickly our lives can turn.
And if you’re feeling like sharing in the fun, get a few buddies together for game night. Of course, be sure to rub the rabbit’s foot for good luck: