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Published January 29th 2017
No fool like a Gold Fool
There is no fool like a gold fool and there are a lot of fools in Gold. It is an engaging film rather than a must-see, but if you enjoy a sense of adventure and intrigue, and Mathew McConnaghy (Kenny Wells) in stellar form as the principle character, then this is certainly worth a watch. It is a typical Weinstein brothers films that take a real story, conceptualised with full cinematic treatment.
In cinemas from February 2, Gold is the story of fortunes won and lost in the pursuit of gold, in the modern era.
It's a story that unpacks for us the uncertain world of mining investment and the stock market process that goes with it. It was very informative and entertaining. It peaked my curiosity in the way in which the mining industry operates, particularly regarding exploration and risk.
It is based loosely on the true story of the 1993 Bre-X mining scandal, though Gold seems set mostly in the 1980s. The visual representation of the era is one of the highlights of the film.
Wells is the tragic son who inherited a sound gold mining business from his father and turns it into 'mush'. He turns to drink and nightmarish dreams of winning it all back, particularly his conception of the prestige and status, that he feels he deserves. His circumstance makes him very vulnerable to manipulation as the film reveals. He is an ugly character, given warmth by the actor, but only just. We come to like him over the length of the movie, but for a lot of the time, he made me squirm in my seat.
The fact that I was squirming at Kenny and his largess and following the intrigue with intent is a testament to a good story and a good script, well told.
The long-suffering love interest Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard) is also an exceptional performance as she finds the heart to stick with Kenny through the whole adventure. I also liked the role of Brian Woolf (Corey Stole) in a performance reminiscent of his Peter Russo in House of Cards.