Book and Film Review: Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom

Molly's Game by Molly Bloom review

Again, a slightly different review. My first review was of a trilogy and now I’m combing a book and movie of the same name. Confusing?  I hope not, either way I hope you understand why…!

Molly’s Game

Molly Bloom

Date Published:
June 24th 2014


Molly Bloom was the 26 year old woman behind the most exclusive, high stakes underground poker game in America, if not the world.

Review Summary

A well written and engaging true story of Molly Bloom’s rise and fall within the poker scene. If I didn’t know that this was a true story, I’d think it was rather fantastical and if not a cliche, but as true life, its an incredibly compelling story of the 1% of society, where money is nothing but a means to power and who you know can be more influential than how good your poker face is.

Review of Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom

I saw the movie, Molly’s Game with a friend. She had just moved back home from London, and I wanted to prove that we still had exciting things to do, such as going to the cinema… not exactly proof our town is up and coming, but still.

Neither of us knew much about the movie, before we bought our tickets. It was the best time to grab dinner beforehand, and I had already seen The Greatest Showman, the only other suitable movie at 9pm. Within in the first few minutes, we were both gripped. Jessica Chastain, the actress who conveys Molly Bloom on the big screen, began spieling off a monologue about placing 3rd place, giving what seems like an awful lot of information, but told in a very comprehensive and engaging way. The rest of the movie follows suit. What seems like an a ridiculous amount of information, is actually easy to follow and understand, in keeping with the fast paced theme of poker games, whilst remaining comprehendible to non poker players.

While the movie dramatises some moments and creates new scenes for the movie, most of the conversations and plot line stays true to the book, a feat rare to see in move adaptions.

The movie I highly recommend.

The book of the same name, was ordered via Click n’ Collect the moment I got home after leaving the cinema. I devoured the book within a week, primarily due to the ease of reading and following the plot as I had already seen the movie. Whilst the novel tells the same story, I still believe it offers a different view into the life of LA’s Poker Princess. I felt angry when those wronged Molly, sneered at the attitude of some of the players, and felt down right affronted when…


…the FBI ‘confiscated’ her money. Although as both the book and film open with this, I’m not sure of how much of a spoiler that is.


I don’t often read non-fiction, but I found Molly’s Game to be an easy and engaging read. I learnt some poker terms, but I wouldn’t have any more of a clue what was going on in the game after finishing the book. And that’s the point of this story I think. Molly doesn’t play IN the game, but she does play the game. As well as any man on the scene if not better.

It’s not very often that I would say this, but I believe that both the movie and novel deserve your attention.

My rating for the Molly’s Game the novel, and Molly’s Game the movie is the same. Four stars for both.

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Previous book read: Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom

Current book read: The Cruel Prince by Molly Black


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