starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Kevin Costner
screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the memoir by Molly Bloom
directed by Aaron Sorkin
by Angelo Muredda You can thank anyone who came out of Steve Jobs yearning for Aaron Sorkin's take on a sociopathic female protagonist with quixotic interests for Molly's Game, the loquacious screenwriter/producer/playwright's rancid directorial debut. Apart from some questionable onscreen graphics and stats that turn the film's opening set-piece--a breakneck tour through the early history of subject Molly Bloom (not the one you're probably thinking of)--into a gaudy arcade game, Sorkin the director shows some rare restraint, playing some seriously-overwritten material straight. That isn't to say he's an especially promising filmmaker, only that he mostly stays out of his cast's way as actors like Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba stomp through mic-drop punchlines about money--Wall Street bro fist-pumpers like "I had just made three thousand dollars in one night"--and hyper-stylized speeches that tell us what their maestro really thinks about feminism, gossip, and overcharging prosecutors.