Molly's Game - the gripping true story of an ambitious poker princess
PUBLISHED: 15:43 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 09 January 2018
If ever you need to learn how to pick yourself up after having a rough time then go watch Molly's Game.
In this powerful and unexpected movie about a poker princess you learn that for some people, they cannot and will not, be crushed.
Competitive skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) sees her Olympic dream and sports career shattered when she suffers a fall through no fault of her own.
The sliding doors type moment leads to a series of unbelievable events and yet this is the true story of an extremely intelligent and highly motivated woman desperate to succeed, to prove to herself and, it transpires, to her father that she can do well.
Putting off law school, Molly moves to Los Angeles and lands an office assistant job working for Dean Keith (Jeremy Strong).
With no questions asked Molly is told she must organise high-stakes poker games that Dean runs for Hollywood’s elite as part of her role.
Things go sour when Dean says he will no longer pay her because she is taking too many tips.
So Molly takes matters into her own hands and puts together her own game for wealthy clients in a luxury hotel penthouse apartment.
The business venture is a sparkling, high rolling success, until the FBI raids her home as part of an investigation into Russian mob activities.
With £5 million seized and the tax man wanting their share too she turns to lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) to help.
It is edge of the seat stuff and an inspirational film from start to finish.
It ends with a line from Winston Churchill - success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. This surely must be a learning lesson for all from this incredulous film.
One of 2018’s must see movies.
• Molly’s game 10/10
• It is rated a 15 and runs for 140 minutes.