In case you haven’t been paying attention, a new poker movie is out: Molly’s Game. This is probably the most significant and best poker movie since Rounders.
I saw it over the weekend, after reading the memoir by the same name earlier in the week.
Based on a true story, Molly’s Game chronicles the exploits of Molly Bloom, older sister of world champion moguls skier Jeremy Bloom and herself once a member of the U.S. national ski team, through her rise, fall, rise again and fall again in creating the world’s highest stakes and most exclusive private poker games.
It isn’t necessary to have read the book first, but I’m glad I did. Some of the characters in the movie – most notably Tobey Maguire – are Hollywood A-listers whose real identities are masked in the movie, even though the book names all of the names.
I highly recommend Molly’s Game to all my poker playing friends. It’s a compelling story, credibly presented. If you’re expecting the movie to be all and only about poker, you might be disappointed. It’s about Molly Bloom (skillfully portrayed by Jessica Chastain) but there are plenty of poker scenes and other scenes about the allure and pitfalls of the game to qualify Molly’s Game as an excellent poker movie that should be watched and re-watched for a very long time.
I’m not doing a full movie review, so here are links to a review of the movie at Rob’s Vegas Poker Blog and an interview of the movie’s poker consultant by Robbie Strazinski at Card Player Lifestyle. And the official movie trailer:
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