Director: Aaron Sorkin. Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O'Dowd, Bill Camp, Graham Green. 140 min. Rated R. China/USA. Biography/Drama.
I'm not well-rounded in poker, but even if you are, you'd still need to be fully caffeinated to follow Aaron Sorkin’s first shot at directing. The grand-master writer of The West Wing, A Few Good Men and The Social Network, has created such an impressive product of rapid dialogue, dizzying editing and spell-binding acting (with great monologues by Elba and Costner, and Chastain's continuing crusade of strong female roles in a male-dominated world), you’d suspect this to be Sorkin's attempt at self-promotion, declaring: "This is how you make a movie." Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Trivia: This film reunites Kevin Costner and Graham Greene, the main stars of Dances with Wolves (1990). Cool, huh.