Friday, January 27, 2017

Gold Movie Review

Matthew McConaughey & Édgar Ramírez (r) stars in Gold

Blue Gold Skies

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: TWC-Dimension presents Gold, a Black Bear Pictures and HWY61 production directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) and produced by Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, All is Lost) for Black Bear Pictures and Michael Nozik (Syriana, The Motorcycle Diaries) for HWY61. Directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana), the film stars Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Golden Globe nominees Édgar Ramírez (Hands of Stone, The Girl on the Train) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World, Pete's Dragon), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man, "House of Cards"), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Fantastic Four), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Capote), Golden Globe winner Stacy Keach (American History X, Nebraska), and a powerful ensemble cast. The screenplay for Gold was written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman ("Friday Night Lights"), who also serve as producers. Executive producers are Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), Ben Stillman, and Richard Middleton (The Artist, I Love You Phillip Morris) as well as Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser.

Kenny Wells (McConaughey) turns "a crock of shit" into "We got a gold mine!" in Gaghan's entertaining (but far from perfect) Gold. The aforementioned McConaughey is terrific as usual (ditto for Ramírez) but the movie's clearly missing something. Perhaps a feminine touch (is there a shortage of actresses, I don't know about?) or some much-needed excitement. Parts of it resemble The Wolf of Wall Street, only minus the glitz, glamour & naughtiness. My advice? Make it shorter (approximately 30 minutes) and spend more time in the jungles of Borneo. As is, a good (January) option for a football-free weekend.

Grade: B-