I got to see this at a ‘secret’ preview showing. So glad I did. The trailers I’d seen made me want to see it. The movie itself is a triumph. My first reflections were that it was a well-done ‘contemporary events and flashbacks’ film. Thinking later on, it is a disturbing and oddly un-Hollywood Hollywood movie about accommodation and acceptance. Possibly one of the best illustrations of a ‘slippery slope’ on screen.
The closing scenes and the end credit follow up are excellent. I’m very glad the movie had ‘what happens next’ as an endnote.
Essentially a high achiever from a high achieving family has a setback, takes a year out, falls in with an intoxicating crowd and builds a great business with ‘little more than [her] wits’. As with anything you like it can carry you away and that’s where things take a tricky turn.
I mentioned ‘disturbing’. Michael Cera does a great job as an unsettling and seemingly evil Hollywood a-lister, poker player, and self-proclaimed ‘destroyer of lives’.
This is a great ‘based on a true story’ film with some tough scenes that ends with a realistic outcome. Good luck Molly Bloom.