Inspired by true life events, the adventure-drama film Gold is not your average rag to riches story. This movie begins in 1980, and Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) is a third-generation miner living in Nebraska and running a brisk mining business. The story quickly jumps forward eight years to 1988, and after an economic downturn, the business is run out of the bar where Kenny’s girlfriend Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard) waits on tables. To find a way to pull his company out of debt, he turns to geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez) because he knows where to find the gold. They travel to the Rain Forests of Indonesia where Kenny comes down with malaria, but they also find the gold. When they get back home, Kenny meets with underwriter Brian Wolf (Corey Stoll) who gives them money to go to Indonesia to bring back all the gold. Soon word gets out, and everybody wants a piece of the action. Investors try to become partners, and in the end, there is an unexpected twist. This is a very interesting film with great acting, but for some reason it just doesn’t work. First, there is a voiceover explaining what’s going on but the voice is monotone and it’s hard to hear. The first half of the movie is kind of slow but when the second half kicks in it’s exciting and even intriguing. Matthew McConaughey and the rest of the cast are perfect even though Bryce Dallas Howard has only about 10 minutes of screen time. Matthew McConaughey’s character wears fake teeth, a shaved head, and gained 40 pounds – but it didn’t impress me. He said he had to eat milk shakes and hamburgers for weeks to gain that weight. (I told my wife I’m going to eat like that to gain 40 pounds and she said I already do.) This could have been an outstanding, film but it just missed and I’m giving it a B- rating.
This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.