Gold review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso
Gold is a perfectly fine adventurous flick that puts a modern twist to a century’s old tale: one of hidden treasures, finding said treasures, disregarding those treasures, and finding that the real treasure has been already smoldering within all of us. Also, gold’s expensive too.
Gold is directed by Stephen Gaghan and scribed by Patrick Massett and John Zinman, whilst starring Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard, Edgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, and more. In it, there’s a constant flux of ideas and tropes, including a hostile environment, a bad stroke of luck, a good stroke of luck, shifting alliances, weird surprises, double-crossings, betrayals, unlikely friendships, all set in the backdrop of an indifferent capitalist society with no regard for an unproductive human life. And money is being pumped in the machine by the millions, if not billions. The real question though remains: are those prospectors going to finally prove their worth, or all of the investments will go down the drain therefore taking the money along the ride?
The film tries its best to answer these questions; it sometimes succeeds, sometimes falls flat. However, not one moment in the movie can be justifiably labeled as boring. Kenny Wells (played by Matthew McConaughey) happens to be in the midst of it all; he’s an unscrupulous, egotistical, raving maniac who only cares about profit and not much else. Here, another question arises: is Wells a complete and delusional wacko, or a true go-getter who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty in order to get what he wants? (pro tip: he’s kind of both really).
The rest of the cast fits well within the mold that Wells sculpts, thus unraveling the inherent complexity of the whole capitalist ordeal. His relationship with his wife Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard) serves as an excellent remainder of high moral ground in times of great moral peril. Their ever-changing dynamics add layers of ethical truth to Gold, insofar real truth is concerned. Then there’s Kenny Wells’ business partner named Mike Acosta. He and Mike are in it to win it: they’ll never give up even when all odds are against them. However, both of these characters have their own version of reality and truth, and both versions come in unavoidable conflict when all’s said and done. In fact, the latter goes as far as serving as a plot-twist for the film, which is in and of itself a gorgeous and somewhat fitting end to a partnership gone sour.
Case in point, Gold is based on a real-life event (having something to do with a certain Bre-X scandal) from the nineties, and serves as both a moral and an ethical remainder of why excess capitalist greed is not cool. Share some love and rent this film to get the economy going, like now.