review by Bobby Blakey
Matthew McConaughey has been on quite the role lately with some truly great performances. Now he is looking to keep his amazing streak alive with his latest film Gold co-starring Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Stacy Keach and Craig T. Nelson. Could this live up to the gold standard that he has been delivering or will it fail to strike it rich?
Gold follows Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, who teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. I have always been a fan of McConaughey, but have loved him all the more as of late in the way that he transforms for each of his roles. This time he went a bit overboard in some aspects, but I actually loved that. Some might find it distracting, but I got the exact opposite out of it. I found it added to the character and who he is as he tries to find that next big thing in his life. McConaughey chews up the screen with his usual charisma with some added necessary cheese for Wells while the rest of the cast do a great job at bringing it all together around him to one complete piece.
There are some aspects of the story that drag just a bit here and there as it is trying to find its footing, but as a whole I found myself really invested in the film. The story itself is semi-fact based on the 1993 Bre-X scandal. While this isn’t directly the exact story of that it has taken the events and created its own unique take on it, but felt like it tried to stick to the realism of it all. There are elements that are pretty predictable, obviously more so if you know of the scandal, but the way it unfolds and plays out is entertaining to watch. There is a moment late in the film that kind of felt out of place that ended up being a flash forward moment, but it left me baffled at the way it was executed. When it finally returns to this moment it is in its proper place and should have just been left there the whole time or been a lot more set up as it bounced back and forth for more effectiveness.
While this may not serve as more Oscar bait for McConaughey this is in fact another great performance that I really enjoyed. Overall I still really liked this movie despite a few bumps in the road. For those expecting some sort of ending explaining where these people are now remember that despite it being based on the real story it is not the real story so that section is not there or necessary.
This release will not only include the film, but also commentary, a deleted sequence, and featurettes that take you further behind bringing this story to life. Join the hunt when Gold comes to Blu-ray and DVD on May 2nd as well as Digital HD available now from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.
For more information head over to the official site at http://gold-film.com/