I generally like films in the "true story financial dramedy" subgenre, such as "The Big Short" or "The Wolf of Wall Street". As such, I had desire to see "Gold" despite its mediocre reviews. While I do admit it didn't fulfill its potential, I don't think it was as bad as the critics have said.
The main weaknesses of this film are in its writing. The story is definitely interesting, but it doesn't incorporate as much humor as it could, nor is it quite as effective as other films in the genre. It is a little convoluted at times, and it isn't told in a particularly revolutionary way. The only thing that the story really does in an above-average way to invest the audience in the film is its character development. The protagonist is well-developed, and the supporting characters are more developed than usual.
The acting of the film was its strongest suit. Obviously, McConaughey knocks it out of the park. He seemed to dive right into the role. From the opening scene, he delivers all of the lines well, especially the monologues that set the tone of future parts of the film. Edgar Ramirez also does a very good job in his supporting role, equally invested in his role. Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, and Macon Blair are all notable in their roles too.
The technical elements of the film were actually really good. The cinematography is really good, with fluid and creative shots and motion that aided in telling the story. There were a few issues with the shots done in the rain, which made them look a little fuzzy, but those weren't frequent, The score and soundtrack choices in the film also do a lot to support the tone. Costume design helped to periodize the film too.
Overall, I liked "Gold", but it wasn't great. It's well-made and has a great performance by Matthew McConaughey, but it isn't really the most well-written story. If you like this genre, you will probably like this film.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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