When was the last time Aaron Sorkin really did anything to justify his sterling reputation? Yeah, he won an Oscar for The Social Network and he gave one of those annoying, “Daddy just won an Oscar so go to bed now, my daughter” speeches. And then he was nominated for Moneyball. Since he didn’t win, he was not allowed to use his daughter as a prop for a second speech.
He also gave us The Newsroom, a misogynistic television program that was so smug and tone deaf in its coastal elitism that it was probably a contributing factor to the election of Donald Trump. Sorkin also wrote an “open letter” to his daughter after the election, one that pretty much read like a parody of limousine liberalism.
In short, if Sorkin’s going to continue to be known as a great whatever he is, he needs to start delivering. His latest attempt will be Molly’s Game, which he not only wrote but directed as well. That’s right — no longer will Aaron Sorkin have to deal with meddling directors saying stuff like, “But all your female characters are portrayed as being simpletons who need a man to save them and tell them what to do…”
On the plus side, Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba are in the movie.
On the other side … Sorkin’s gotta be Sorkin…
Here’s the trailer: