Sunday, January 29, 2017
ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD
Tinsel & Tine's Look at the Movie GOLD
READ MORE The New 49's True Life Gold Prospecting Adventures
Kenny is a guy riding high, working for his father's (Greg T. Nelson) mining business and trying to impress a slightly cheap looking barmaid, Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard). Cut to 8 years later, Kenny's father has died, he's 30 pounds overweight, balding, (same bad teeth) in debt and struggling to keep his father's legacy alive. When things look the darkest, he has a dream about finding gold in Indonesia. This triggers a memory of a guy he met briefly years ago, Michael Acosta, a geologist who had made a success in Copper some years back. Kenny then sets out, selling the gold watch he gave Kay during their courtship, to find Acosta and convince him to partner up with him. That turns out to be the easy part, surviving malaria, Wall Street (where once again Corey Stoll plays a corporate baddie) and eventual "Bre-X" scandal, turns out to be a pickax up the butt.
It didn't feel like it served my interest to dig in to Bre-X, and that's the opposite of the way I worked on say Traffic or Syriana. I do a lot of research, and it's all based on true things and every story in them are true. They are all based on real things and real people. Real voices. And this felt like I just wanted the lens to be a little further back...I wanted it to be a fable of capitalism, a fairy tale. I didn't want it to be a literal interpretation of something. LRM Interview with GOLD Director Stephen Gaghan READ MORE
Bottom Line: I feel Gold is Wolf of Wall Street (click for T&T post) meets American Hustle (click for T&T post) with a little bit of McConaughery's own 2008 movie Fool's Gold mixed in. Unfortunately, the movie isn't getting very good reviews, and I agree it's not brilliant, but it's engaging, especially in telling the story from the vantage point of a character like Kenny Wells. I'm also a sucker for movies about friendship, betrayal and loyalty.
T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 3 outta 5
click to COMMENT
Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine): Philly Film, Food & Events Blog