Molly's Game

Music Composed By: Daniel Pemberton

Distributed by: Sony Classsical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on the memoir, Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker, Molly's Game stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom.  A world-class skier, Molly is severely injured while attempting to qualify for the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Forgoing her original plan to attend law school. Molly takes a year off and moves to Los Angeles where she becomes office manager for Dean Keith (Jeremy Strong), an unsuccessful real estate developer who runs underground poker games involving a number of wealthy and successful individuals.  Eventually, Molly branches out on her own, but money issues, drugs, the Russian mob and an FBI investigation take their toll.  Molly loses everything, but cans he turn that loss into a winning hand?

                The musical score of Mollyís Game was created by British composer Daniel Pemberton who has worked on a number of television, video game and film projects.  Television credits include The Game, Prey, Black Mirror, Hell's Kitchen and Dirk Gently.  Video Game credits include LittleBigPlanet and Kinect Adventures.  He began his foray into film scoring with the short Factory Farmed before heading into full feature films with The Awakening.  In 2013, Pemberton composed his breakthrough film score with Ridley Scottís The Counselor.  Since then, he has worked on a number of film scores, including The Man from UNCLE, Steve Jobs, Gold, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, All the Money in the World and Ocean's 8.

                My first impression of this score was that it was going to be upbeat and adrenaline pumping, almost like an action score, but not quite.  Though Molly had to give up the slaloms after Staring Down a Mountain, the score doesnít let up on intensity.  The high stakes poker games she becomes involved in are exciting and call for an equally exciting and edgy score.  The music featured contains electric guitars, synths and percussion.  Thereís a bluesy fell to the guitars and the percussion is awesome, featuring electronic drums, cymbals, tambourine beats and stick claps.  Everything is edgy and exciting until we get to Molly's Dream.  Thatís when things calm down a bit.  This track features keyboards with an echoey feel.  As Mollyís high-intensity career draws to an end, the music becomes more dramatic and less edgy.  Intruder features sound manipulation and an ominous undertone.  Scars is an acoustic guitar and piano driven piece.  Therapy Session has a somber feel to it, but there is also a sense of resolution.

                All-in-all, the Molly's Game Soundtrack is a mix of edgy excitement and drama that strives to describe Molly Bloomís emotions throughout the ups and downs of her life.  Daniel Pemberton does a great job in the execution.  The whole album is enjoyable and I would even recommend it for those who havenít seen the film.  As a stand-alone album, Mollyís Game is quite an interesting ride.  Great music that deserves to be heard.


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