Gold Review – Brilliant, A Thrill Ride from The Beginning

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

GOLD, from The Weinstein Company and TWC-Dimension, presents the amazing inspired by true events story of a larger than life, down on his luck, dreamer, who through a vision sees his future and follows it from Reno to the jungles of Indonesia.

Directed by Stephen Gaghan, GOLD, stars Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Craig T. Nelson, Stacy Keach, Bruce Greenwood, Tobey Kebbell, Adam LeFevre, William Sterchi, Corey Stall, Rachel Taylor, Macon Blair and Joshua Harto. GOLD was written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman.

GOLD opens with a young Kenny Wells, played by Matthew McConaughey, sweet talking his girl, Kay, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, as he explains the mining business when his dad, played by Craig T. Nelson, pulls out some geological reports on a recent prospect.

Looking out a huge picture window at Reno, Nevada, with a view as far as they eye could see, he tells Kenny he wants him to run point on this newest mining find.

The next scene has Kenny, a little older, weathered, working the phones, with a skeletal staff. The glory days of mineral rich land mines have gone the way of the recession, the only business he has ever known was in a deep slump and for all the effort Kenny and Washoe Mining just couldn’t catch a break.

A little more alcohol and then one for the road has Kenny passed out and in this state of deep, induced, sleep he has a vision of a mine in Indonesia and a man, whom he recognizes as a past contact. When he wakes, he is supercharged, he finds the business card of Michael Acosta, played by Edgar Ramirez, a mythical geologist who was known in the mining world for discovering the largest copper deposit ever recorded.

Risking everything Wells flies to Indonesia to meet with Acosta. By the end of the meeting the two trek up the river, and further up the mountain to a place where few, except local villagers, have ever ventured. Scribbling a 50/50 split contract on a napkin the two form a partnership.

Heading back to Reno, Wells gathers his team, an extended family of sorts, in it to win it, through the good times, the tough times, and everything in between, all whom worked with his dad, and together they sell investors on the dream. Within a day, they have raised enough to initiate the drilling.

Of course, the pathway to success never runs smooth and for Kenny, it was worse. Unaccustomed to the jungle, he nearly dies from a severe case of malaria, the geological reports continue to come back negative, the money is running out, and the workers aren’t understanding the importance of the work and want paid.

With Kenny sick with malaria, Mike after speaking with the local villagers and asking what they need to come back to work, he found their children were also suffering from the effects of dirty water so to get the men back to work he makes a water filtration system and soon the children are well and then men are back at the mining site.

Weeks go by and a sickly Kenny finally comes out of a fog and wakes to Mike explaining the geological report, unsure as to what he is hearing he suddenly realizes what Mike is telling him is the venture hit! Jett Rink, baby! They struck gold!

And the ride began. Their mining operation was so big, so fast, Wall Street, with all its players, underhanded dealings, manipulations, and preferred outcomes, came courting and offering Kenny Wells, the man from Reno, the jewel in the crown, Washoe Mining was trading publicly on the New York Stock Exchange.

And the ride grew bigger, faster, and higher than anyone expected and everyone wanted a piece of the pie and some wanted all of it and were willing to go to any lengths to stop the boozing Kenny Wells, a loud mouth, quick tempered, uncouth, and certainly unsophisticated miner from enjoying any more of the spoils from his lucky strike.

GOLD is mesmerizing from the beginning. Even as it is somewhat predictable, up to a certain point (or there would be no reason for the film) the last act or final third of the film is so full of twists and turns, one after the other, that the ending is impossible to predict.

The stellar cast brings a few familiar faces as Stacy Keach shows up as Clive Coleman, Bruce Greenwood, plays an a German Businessman, the richest mining investor in the world.

Edgar Ramirez is captivating. He is reserved, charming, sophisticated, a chameleon, from the jungles of Indonesia to the concrete jungles of Manhattan, he moves effortlessly helping the lowest and charming the movers and shakers. He plays his role so well it is impossible to see the twists coming and figure out where he really stands.  

Bryce Dallas Howard, who is not given the credit as she deserves as an actress, plays long-suffering lover, and wide eyed wonder as the ride sets in, of an explosive, and possibly bi-polar, drinker. She is the rock, and while she may be able to match him at the table she knows when to back away and when circumstances call for practicality. She sees beyond the shimmer.

As the chain smoking, boozer, Kenny Wells, McConaughey puts on about thirty pounds, maybe a little more, he plays a man who loves himself, strutting around in his briefs, bearing his nude derriere, it is obvious the weight he added for the role, unless he used body padding, props or a stand in for the weight gain.  

Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career! Edgar Ramirez is excellent! Bryce Dallas Howard stuns and holds her own against the explosive McConaughey.

GOLD is twists and turns, unexpected highs and deep lows. What a ride! Excellent!

GOLD opens in theaters everywhere January 27, 2017. A sure winner, thrilling! Four Gold Stars!

Haute Tease

  • Slenderman Tween Found Incompetent to Stand Trial; Legal Commentary By Whitey Bulger Defense Attorney Hank Brennan

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Morgan Geyser, 12, known as one half of the Slenderman Killers, who stabbed a twelve year old friend 19 times, has been found incompetent to stand trial for her participation in the crimes that shocked this tiny Wisconsin city.

     
  • Miami Arts: The Frost Art Museum Opens 2019 With Soul Stirring Truths of Life In America

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Two stirring photographic essayists open 2019 at the Frost Art Museum (FIU) capturing two disenfranchised groups; a family’s daily life with the catastrophic Flint Michigan Water Crisis and America’s hidden aging culture of transgender and gender nonconforming people.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Director Noah Baumbach Talks on the Making of Mistress America, Manhattan and Romanticizing

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Noah Baumbach, Director of Mistress America, recently released on DVD in time for the holidays, spoke during the media junket on the current project, his collaboration with Greta Gerwig, romanticizing versus reality and how particular elements of a place play into his films.

     
  • HL London: The Underground Music Scene Presents SeaWitches

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Based in Liverpool, Jo Herring and Laura Caldwell met in 2007 through friends; a meeting that resulted in an explosion of creativity where songwriting, musicianship and visual art collided to create SeaWitches.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Speaks at Navy Yard Memorial; President Visits UN; Syrian Deadline; Pravda Prints McCain Op-Ed

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama again reiterated the need for common sense gun control reforms today as he spoke at the Navy Yard Memorial Service eulogizing those killed during last week’s mass shooting.

     
  • HL Arts: Ella Kogan, Clay Sculptress, Unveils Commanding, Extraordinary Collection

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Known for her visionary sculptures, Ella Kogan is an artist whose creativity and deftness come from something more than inspiration. As she herself attests, her ability to create this works of art comes from something of a higher power.

     
  • Celebrity Interview & Review: Oliver Stone’s South of the Border Review: Sizzling Hot

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Oliver Stone's newest film SOUTH OF THE BORDER, "A Political Road Movie" fills the back seat of the old beat up opinion and travels, through the seven countries of South America, serving up more heat than the media can handle.

     
  • Christmas Tragedy: Multiple U.S. Citizens Dead in Mexican Tour Bus Crash

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A Miami grandmother and a child are among the dozen fatalities of a tour bus crash carrying Royal Caribbean cruise passengers heading to the Mayan Ruins in southeast Mexico, for a day of sightseeing, state department officials have confirmed.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Boston Bombing Suspect Moved; President, Senator Targeted in Bio-Terror Scare; CISPA Killed in Senate; Fertilizer Plant Victim’s Mourned

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama, with the Boston Marathon bombing suspect in custody, attended a memorial service at Baylor University in Waco for those who died in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

     
  • Never Look Away Review - Breathtaking, Four Stars, Oscar Worthy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Never Look Away, from Sony Pictures Classics, brings to the screen two unforgettable journeys, one of the inner awakenings of the artist and the second of love, a purity of pleasure, emerging after the darkness of Hitler’s Germany.

     
  • Twin Tornadoes Annihilate Nebraska Town Leaving Death, Injury and Destruction

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Twin tornadoes tore through the town of Pilger Nebraska, killing a five year old  and critically injuring 16 others, ripping down power lines and decimating the small rural town in northwest portion of the state.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Issues Sanctions; Air Asia; 2016 President Race; Syrian Civil War; Mario Cuomo

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama has issued an Executive Order authorizing additional sanctions against Kim Jong Un and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in response to the unprovoked, financially destabilizing and destructive cyber attack against SONY Pictures Entertainment.

     
  • Miss Piggy Serves as Official Fire Girl at DKNY Madison Avenue’s Fashion’s Night Out Event in Honor of the FDNY 2013 Calendar of Heroes

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Disney's mega diva Miss Piggy, dressed in head-to-hoof DKNY, was on hand to celebrate the official FDNY 2013 Calendar of Heroes at a pre-Fashion's Night Out event at the DKNY Madison Avenue boutique in New York City.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Lorenzo di Bonaventura: A Hit Producing Machine

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    SALT, the espionage thriller from Sony Entertainment and Columbia Pictures, starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor is savoring a summer of sweet success as it retains its box office flavor.

     
  • Oscar Night Shocker: Envelope Error Moonlight Wins Best Picture Stunning La La Land Filmmakers Already on Stage (Video)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The 89th Academy Awards will be remembered for many reasons none more so than the historic Best Picture gaff, the Academy's final award of the evening, that was incorrectly announced by presenters Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway.