All the Money in the World

FILM REVIEW

Today I am reviewing the film, All the Money in the World. A Biography, Crime, Drama starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Timothy Hutton, Charlie Plummer, Charlie Shotwell, Andrew Buchan, Marco Leonardi, and Giuseppe Bonifati.all the money in the world

All the Money in the World

all the money in the worldBiography, Crime, Drama

Sony Pictures

Director: Ridley Scott (directed by)

Writers:  David Scarpa (written by)
John Pearson (based on the book by)

Starring: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Timothy Hutton, Charlie Plummer, Charlie Shotwell, Andrew Buchan, Marco Leonardi, and Giuseppe Bonifati.

All the Money in the World – Follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.

From Amazon

All the Money in the World is based on a true story, but it is a story I didn’t know. I felt the tension and build up because I had no idea what the outcome was.

Michelle Williams did a brilliant job as a distraught mother fighting to save her child against not just the authorities, and a man but against a megalomaniac who cares only about his reputation and his money.

The ending was particularly telling as to how things should have happened.

Overall

It was an interesting watch, not just because of the situation but because of the commentary on the human condition.

 

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Hostiles

FILM REVIEW

Today I am reviewing the film, Hostiles. An Adventure, Drama, Western starring Christian Bale, Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Rory Cochrane, Jonathan Majors, John Benjamin Hickey, Stafford Douglas, Stephen Lang, Bill Camp, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Beach, Xavier Horsechief, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tanaya Beatty, Peter Mullan, Austin Rising, Robyn Malcolm, Ryan Bingham, Paul Anderson and Ben Foster.hostiles

Hostiles

hostilesAdventure, Drama, Western

Entertainment Studios

Director: Scott Cooper (directed by)

Writers:  Scott Cooper (screenplay)
Donald E. Stewart (manuscript)

Starring: Christian Bale, Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Rory Cochrane, Jonathan Majors, John Benjamin Hickey, Stafford Douglas, Stephen Lang, Bill Camp, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Beach, Xavier Horsechief, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tanaya Beatty, Peter Mullan, Austin Rising, Robyn Malcolm, Ryan Bingham, Paul Anderson and Ben Foster.

Hostiles In 1892, legendary Army Capt. Joseph Blocker reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal land. Embarking on a harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, N.M., to the grasslands of Montana, they soon encounter a young widow whose family was killed by Comanches on the plains. The travellers must now band together to survive a punishing landscape that’s crawling with hostile Comanches and vicious outliers.

From Amazon

Hostiles is an interesting if somewhat problematic drama but it was a good watch. The opening sequence was a difficult watch, and when we see Rosamund Pike’s character the next time it is even harder. Her performance was outstanding.

The other actors all did good jobs but Pike was definitely the star here. Bale was good as the belligerent soldier doing his job, even when he hates what he is being asked to do. And Studi did a great job as the wise Native American chief.

The film gives a great commentary on hate, humanity and how we can all be hostile for different reasons. Which brings me to the problematic parts, too often they relied on tropes and racial stereotypes. They also made some comments that while they probably fit the era I felt were really on the edge of acceptable. There was one scene where they talk about “the Indians getting there land back”, and I have to admit it felt a little too on point, and made me cringe in embarrassment.

 

Overall

Worth watching for the vistas alone. The story is just a sort of background to the stunning views.

 

 

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The Last Olympian

Book Review

Today I am reviewing the book, The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. The fifth, and final novel in this Percy Jackson series, has the ‘Great Prophecy’ coming to pass. The demi-gods go to war to defend Olympus (and Manhattan) against the Titans.

the last olympian

 

The Last Olympian

the last olympianFantasy, Young Adult, Adventure, Action

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin (4 July 2013)

ISBN: 978-0141346885

Size: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
Paperback: 416 pages

The Last Olympian – Half Boy. Half God. ALL Hero.

Most people get presents on their sixteenth birthday. I get a prophecy that could save or destroy the world.

It happens when you’re the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to an ancient prophecy, I turn sixteen and the fate of the entire world is on me. But no pressure.

Now Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City. And the dreaded monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it’s me and forty of my demi-god friends versus untold evil . . .

From Amazon

The Last Olympian was a brilliant conclusion to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It was action packed from start to finish, one of those books that once you start you just can’t put it down until it’s finished.

Percy turns 16 and the great prophecy comes to a conclusion. We’ve had the build up for four books, and finally we find out what happens. I loved this book. It brought together all the characters we’ve met previously, and they fight the ‘big fight’.

It’s the perfect conclusion but you still want to know more, you still want to find out what happens to Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and the others after the battle.

 

Overall

This is awesome. Go read the rest of the series, and then read this to finish up. And if you’re me the first time I read it, go back to the beginning and read them all again.

 

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The Greatest Showman

FILM REVIEW

Today I am reviewing the film, The Greatest Showman. A Biography, Drama, Musical starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eric Anderson, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Daniel Everidge, Radu Spinghel, Yusaku Komori, Danial Son, Paul Sparks, Will Swenson, Linda Marie Larson, Byron Jennings, Betsy Aidem, Damian Young, Tina Benko, Fredric Lehne, Kathryn Meisle, Timothy Hughes and Gayle Rankin.

the greatest showman

The Greatest Showman

the greatest showmanBiography, Drama, Musical

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Director: Michael Gracey (directed by)

Writers: Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon (screenplay by)
Jenny Bicks (story by)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eric Anderson, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Daniel Everidge, Radu Spinghel, Yusaku Komori, Danial Son, Paul Sparks, Will Swenson, Linda Marie Larson, Byron Jennings, Betsy Aidem, Damian Young, Tina Benko, Fredric Lehne, Kathryn Meisle, Timothy Hughes and Gayle Rankin.

The Greatest Showman – A bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

From Amazon

The Greatest Showman is one of my favourite films of this year. It definitely appears in my top ten. Despite the fact that it has some rocky moments (heavy emotional stuff) it is overall a really positive and uplifting film. It made me happy.

The performances in this are wonderful. I always forget Hugh Jackman can sing but not only can he sing he is a brilliant performer. This whole film is full of so many wonderful performances, and emotional scenes, it’s an amazing watch.

I tapped my feet, I smiled, I cried, I laughed and I walked out still singing. More specifically singing This is Me. I came home and because I couldn’t get the song out of my head, I had a look to see if I could find it on YouTube, I found this version from the workshop they did to get the film greenlit, and there is just something amazing about the way they are all getting involved. Their enthusiasm, and joy in what they’re doing as the song goes on, is just so enthusiastic and positive.

 

Overall

A total spectacular. Definitely worth going to see at the cinema if you can. I loved it.

 

 

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Jumanji 2017

FILM REVIEW

Today I am reviewing the film, Jumanji 2017. An Action, Adventure, Comedy starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman and Morgan Turner.

jumanji 2017

Jumanji 2017

jumanji 2017Action, Adventure, Comedy

Sony Pictures

Director: Jake Kasdan (directed by)

Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg &
Jeff Pinkner (screenplay by)
Chris McKenna (story by)
Chris Van Allsburg (based on the book “Jumanji” by)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman and Morgan Turner.

Jumanji 2017 In this brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

From Amazon

Jumanji 2017 was actually pretty good. I really enjoyed it. It managed to be fun and funny, with lots of nods to the original while still being it’s own new and unique story with new characters.

So much of comedy is about timing and for me the winner at this was Jack Black, as the ‘teenage girl’. His delivery was just perfect, and pretty much every line of his had me giggling. I was also impressed with Dwayne Johnson, who did really well with the comedy. I always love Karen Gillen (even when she’s the baddie) but I have a major crush on her now. She’s totally kick ass. Kevin Hart has the best (funniest) facial expressions, and never fails to make me smile.

 

Overall

A really good offering. Maybe not quite as kid friendly as the previous film but still really good. 🙂

 

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2017 Review

 

A Round Up of the Year

Welcome to my 2017 Review. This round-up of PopcornAndPaperback’s year is a follow on from last year‘s round-up, and looks at what books I read and films I watched this year.

2017 review

2017 Review

This year on Popcorn And Paperbacks did not go as I planned.  As you will know if you read last year’s post my life had gotten very busy and I hadn’t been posting as much. This year I seemed to find my rhythm, and have managed to write a lot more, and I have plans to do even more next year.

In 2016 I wrote 57 posts, in 2017 I managed to write 100 posts. I also managed to improve my number of visitors, in 2016 I had 821 visitors over the year, and in 2017 I had 1108. It doesn’t soundlike much but it is an increase, which is the goal; for each year to get a little bit better.

 

My Year in Books

2016 review

For my 2017 review year in books, I have a cute graphic to share with you that I screenshot from my Goodreads profile. If you’d like to see it properly just click the image and it will take you to my page on Goodreads.

 

2017 review

 

2017 review

 

As you can see I totally smashed my reading challenge this year. I didn’t even put much effort in. It was a comfort reading sort of year. I re-read a lot of old favourites. It was about a fifty-fifty split, between new and old books. I want to try and make it more new books next year. I rely too much on old favourites, they are my comfy blanket……but it feels like I’m cheating.

 

2017 reviewSo I am going to reduce my reading goal. Next year, I am going to go for 40 books, and that is new ones only, I’m not going to record any re-reads. I really want to try pushing myself again, I want to read more social and earth sciences, more political, more on veganism and animal rights. As well as reading more fiction in genres I don’t usually read. I want to challenge myself to read books that are outside my comfort zone.

 

My Year in Film

2017 review

Unfortunately I don’t have a fancy graphic to share with you for my 2017 review, year in films because the movie version of Goodreads, LetterBoxD, has decided I have to pay for the pro version if I want the thing I’ve spent a year building. And as I don’t currently have $20 I can’t do it. Yes, I am annoyed…..and frustrated.

This year I was using a 1-5 rating for my films. I don’t think it’s any better than 1-10 because I still end up with lots of mid range films. But my basic premise for the scoring is:

  1. – I feel like the people involved in the making owe me my time and money back.
  2. – Unless you already know you really wanted to see this, don’t bother.
  3. – It was a pretty good watch but wait for DVD, or streaming.
  4. – I really enjoyed it. It entertained me. If you’re going to the cinema it’s a good one to see.
  5. – Go see it NOW!!!

I think this year was an okay film year; there were a lot of mid-level films, and a handful of truly great films. Plus, I actually really enjoyed all the comic book films that came out this year. In total I saw 161 films at the cinema this year, this doesn’t count repeat watches either.

I gave three films top marks this year. Those films were:

I also gave 4.5 to a few films:

  • Logan
  • Wind River
  • Geostorm (I love disaster movies)
  • Molly’s Game

15% of the films I saw scored lower than 3. I won’t list all of them but the ones that I scored a 1 were:

 

I hope you liked my 2017 Review. Did you see any of the films that made my list?

 

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Pitch Perfect 3

FILM REVIEW

Today I am reviewing the film, Pitch Perfect 3. A musical, comedy starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfeld, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Chrissie Fit, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, John Lithgow, Matt Lanter, Guy Burnet, Alexis Knapp, DJ Khaled, Troy Ian Hall, Ruby Rose, Andy Allo, and Venzella Joy.

pitch perfect 3

Pitch Perfect 3

pitch perfect 3Musical, Comedy

Universal Pictures UK

Director: Trish Sie (directed by)

Writers: Kay Cannon and Mike White (screenplay by)
Kay Cannon (story by)
Mickey Rapkin (based on the book by)

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfeld, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Chrissie Fit, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, John Lithgow, Matt Lanter, Guy Burnet, Alexis Knapp, DJ Khaled, Troy Ian Hall, Ruby Rose, Andy Allo, and Venzella Joy.

Pitch Perfect 3 Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series.

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

From Amazon

Pitch Perfect 3 isn’t really all that great but as the final part of this trilogy I enjoyed it. It wasn’t anywhere near as good as either of the previous films, and it has some weird ‘filler’ side plots but as an overall it was good.

They had the opportunity to do so much more with this film, to show us how the characters we’ve grown to love are doing now they’re out in the real world. We generally watch films as a way to escape, a way to believe that things can go well, and you can get what you want if you fight for it. They could have shown us how these women were out there making a life that wasn’t just about their relationships with men.

I really liked the music stuff, and the progression with Becca’s career and the change in how she works with music was great. The other stuff needed work. There was also the really weird side plot with Amy’s dad that was obviously put there as a way to fill in time because they didn’t have enough of a story. Which was a shame as I think they could have done so much more.

 

Overall

An okay trilogy conclusion but as a standalone film it could have been better.

 

 

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Battle of the Labyrinth

Book Review

Today I am reviewing the bookBattle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. The fourth novel in the Percy Jackson series, finds Camp Half-Blood about to be invaded using an underground path from the ancient myths.

battle of the labyrinth

 

Battle of the Labyrinth

battle of the labyrinthFantasy, Young Adult, Adventure, Action

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin (4 July 2013)

ISBN: 978-0141346830

Size: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
Paperback: 384 pages

Battle of the Labyrinth – Half Boy. Half God. ALL Hero.

Honestly, blowing up another school was the last thing I wanted to do.

As the son of a Greek God, I’ve had my share of near-death disaster – and now my arch enemy Luke wants to invade our camp via an ancient labyrinth.

If he succeeds, thousands of bloodthirsty monsters will attack. So it’s goodbye sunshine, hello darkness as four of us descend into the terrifying underground and beyond . . .

From Amazon

Battle of the Labyrinth was really good. Lots of new characters and monsters appear, and we get a few stops and starts that break the action , and make you think. We manage to catchup with Nico who we met in the previous book, and his story has become even more sad than before.

We see some real development in Percy as a character, he is growing up, and making some tough decisions. Annabeth seemed to be different in this book, she was struggling with jealousy about Rachel and Percy’s friendship, and with her own confidence in finally getting her own quest to lead. She just didn’t always feel like the Annabeth we’ve come to know.

My only real complaint with the Percy Jackson books is that they’re too short. A lot happens in this book, and I think it would have worked just as well if the story had been slowed down slightly, giving the reader more in the way of descriptive prose between the action. As it is you just jump from action to action to action, meaning the book is over way too quickly.

 

Overall

This series just keeps getting better. There was so much crammed into this latest instalment that I feel like my review has barely skimmed the surface. If you haven’t read this series yet, you really should give it a go. Remember in the first book the characters are quite young, but they do grow with the books.

 

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Christmas Eve

Holidays

It’s CHRISTMAAAAAAAS!!!! Well okay, Christmas Eve. For me it’s the first day of my three day Christmas celebrations. I do all my “religious” stuff for Yule, so for me Christmas is when I get to relax and enjoy myself. We all have traditions, those things that we do each year that for us, are the spirit of the holidays. For me a big part of that are the films I watch.

christmas eve

Christmas Eve

Last night I watched the first two Die Hard films. Today is all about the Christmas themed films aimed at grown-ups……with one exception, more about that later. I’ll be choosing what to watch form this list:

The Family Stone – For anyone who views holiday gatherings with equal parts joy and dread, The Family Stone offers plenty of comedy to identify with. A story about an annual holiday gathering of an unconventional New England family. Before the holidays are done, relationships will unravel while new ones are formed, secrets will be revealed and the Stone family will come together through its extraordinary capacity for love. – Sometimes it’s awkward, and VERY uncomfortable but it is also heart-warming and by the end will make you want to hug your family.

Four Christmases – Kate and Brad, are a San Francisco couple whose exotic Christmas holiday plans are scuppered by fog. The pair then face the very scenario they had been trying to avoid: the obligatory family Christmas. Owing to the divorces of both their sets of parents, the couple are obliged to attend no less than four festive gatherings, a process that leads them to examine both the past and the future in more detail than either of them finds comfortable. – Lots of fun, and funny. Anyone with an extended family will recognise the difficulties.

The Holiday –  Iris (Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (Diaz) realises the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow-covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. – I LOVE this film…..I will even watch it in summer. It’s cute, sweet, and Iris gets “gumption”.

Love Actually – The hilarious Love Actually explores the ups and downs of relationships in the weeks building up to Christmas. Boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, fathers and sons and rock stars and managers all combine to make Love Actually not just one story but ten very different ones. Because if you look hard enough you will find that love actually is all around. – It’s not perfect, and it definitely has some problematic parts but it’s still a feel good Christmas film.

Surviving Christmas – A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him. – Funny and cute, somewhat predictable but delivers everything you want in a Christmas film.

Scrooged – Hilarious spin on Dickens’ classic novel, A Christmas Carol. Bill Murray is television executive Frank Cross, the meanest, most selfish man on Earth. He will stop at nothing to increase his network’s ratings, even if it means that his staff works on Christmas Eve. It will take three spirits (the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future) to show Frank that he needs to change.  –

Trading Places – A highly respected businessman and a wise-cracking street bum are forced to trade places as part of a degenerate bet between two monarchs of Wall Street. – It’s sad, it’s funny, it’s ridiculous.

White Christmas – Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a “sister” act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit. – Not much of a plot but really this film is all about the music. Enjoy.

Krampus – When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. – It’s dark, it’s creepy, in places it is terrifying. Not your conventional Christmas film but still really good.

And my only Christmas Eve kids film (this is the only definite watch):

christmas eveMiracle on 34th Street – Tells the heart-warming story of a young girl’s desire for a family, complete with a father and a baby brother. The girl confides in Kris Kringle, the kindly old man who is Santa in the department store managed by her mother. However, he believes he is the real Santa Claus and a rival retailer uses this belief to try and discredit him. Leading to a court case in which Kringle and his lawyer try to prove that he is the real thing.

This is possibly my all time favourite Christmas film, even in the depths of my depression when I can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, this film never fails to lift me up, and make me happy. It’s the film I always watch before bed on Christmas Eve.

 

What are your favourite Christmas films and traditions?

 

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Molly’s Game

FILM REVIEW

Today I am reviewing the film, Molly’s Game. A Biography, Drama starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, J.C. MacKenzie, Brian d’Arcy James, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Justin Kirk, Angela Gots, Natalie Krill, Stephanie Herfield, Madison McKinley, Joe Keery, Michael Kostroff, Claire Rankin, Victor Serfaty, Whitney Peak, Jon Bass, Joey Brooks and Samantha Isler.

mollys game

Molly’s Game

mollys gameBiography, Drama

Entertainment One

Director: Aaron Sorkin (directed by)

Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay)
Molly Bloom (based on the book by)

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, J.C. MacKenzie, Brian d’Arcy James, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Justin Kirk, Angela Gots, Natalie Krill, Stephanie Herfield, Madison McKinley, Joe Keery, Michael Kostroff, Claire Rankin, Victor Serfaty, Whitney Peak, Jon Bass, Joey Brooks and Samantha Isler.

Molly’s Game – The true 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.

From Amazon

Molly’s Game is based on but having seen the film, I now really want to read the book. It’s the fascinating story of a truly remarkable woman, every time life knocked her down she not only got back up but she did it with style.

Fast-paced to keep you interested and easy to follow despite the alternating between past and present. It was really well made, the shooting done in an almost but not quite documentary style, with a luxury flair for the “casino” scenes.

Wonderful performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. I also loved Kevin Costner as Molly’s dad, the way he and Jessica Chastain played off each other was really well done, and to me a sign of great directing.

 

Overall

Really great film. Definitely worth seeing as soon as you can.

 

 

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