Molly’s Game tells the story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful young Olympic-class skier, who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans, and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defence lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.
America’s so-called Poker Princess, Molly Bloom, is the enigmatically glamorous woman in this very enjoyable true-life story. Luxurious hotel suites had been turned by Molly into macho gladiatorial arenas in which the wealthy poker addicts did battle under her gaze. Models were hired to serve drinks. Scented candles masked the reek of testosterone and rage. And Molly presided over it all. She is played with exotic queenliness by Jessica Chastain, with something of the impassive hauteur and mute vulnerability that Elizabeth Taylor brought to Cleopatra. But who is Molly’s Antony? Does she even need an Antony? Read more from the Guardian’s movie review.