HollywoodChicago.com RSS   Facebook   HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter   Free Giveaway E-mail   

Film Review: Matthew McConaughey is All That Glitters in ‘Gold’

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
Average: 5 (1 vote)

CHICAGO – The relish that Matthew McConaughey displays in creating his latest character in “Gold,” a Willy Loman-type mining exec who is looking for his biggest score, is most of the reason to experience the film. However, there isn’t exactly a motherlode when it comes to the story.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

In a sort-of “Treasure of Sierra Madre” meets “Wall Street,” the scenario of “Gold” is an insider’s (and based on a true) tale of a large gold strike in Indonesia, which mostly benefits the financiers far away in New York City. McConaughey’s character is like the go-between, as he fights for his (and his partner’s) well-earned prospecting rights to the mine. And like his physical transformation in “Dallas Buyers Club,” McConaughey alters his look – this time into an overweight and balding hustler. He carries the film on his back like an overworked mule, but like that animal can’t maintain any consistent pace when the journey is incomplete and full of holes. There isn’t any gold standard in “Gold.”

Kenny Wells (McConaughey) is running his father’s successful mining company into the ground. He is literally sweating his next move, and actually steals back a necklace from his girlfriend Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard) to raise enough money to finance his latest venture…a possible gold strike in Indonesia, facilitated by a master prospector, Acosta (Edgar Ramirez).

The partners start the meticulous process of trying to find the precious metal in rough territory, and despite setbacks and malaria, strike gold. This starts the interest from financiers in New York City, represented by Brian Wolff (Corey Stoll), and causes Kenny to be wary of both their motivations and the rights to the mine, and it becomes a power struggle.


”Gold” opens everywhere on January 27th. Featuring Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Bill Camp and Craig T. Nelson. Written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman. Directed by Stephan Gaghan. Rated “R”

StarContinue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “Gold”

Gold1
The Bulky Artist: Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells in ‘Gold’
Photo credit: TWC-Dimension

StarContinue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “Gold”

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing

TV, DVD, BLU-RAY & THEATER REVIEWS

  • Bobby Pin Girls

    CHICAGO – The “breeder years” are difficult on everyone, as the biological imperative becomes overwhelming and the couplings that result yield both discovery and misadventure. Nothing Without a Company’s new play “Bobby Pin Girls” highlight two such Millennial women, roommates who are having man trouble, although the argument can be made that it’s eternally “boy trouble.” The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the Chicago Mosaic School through December 10th, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

  • Transformers 5 front

    CHICAGO – Knock me over with a feather kids, but I enjoyed “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Maybe it was in comparison to the others or maybe director Michael Bay has beaten me into submission, but this one had the right story elements and casting to make it work, with exceptions of course. It’s goofiness is its charm, and it was released on Blu-Ray/DVD on September 26th, 2017 (Digital HD already available).

Advertisement



HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter

archive

HollywoodChicago.com Top Ten Discussions
tracker