By Jay Hunter – It’s not that the McConauscence is dying as such – McConaughey’s animated feature, Sing made bank at the box-office last weekend – but it’s certainly traversing rocky slopes at the moment. After the momentous True Detective, Magic Mike and Dallas Buyers Club. Choices in the same vein as Free State of Jones seem to be rearing their head once more. All that glitters is not gold, fools gold, sheep in Wolf of Wall Streets clothing – pick one to describe Gold.
Exploring the true story of Kenny Wells, a prospector who’s hit upon troubling times. Gold explores the man who struck gold from a dream in an uncharted Indonesian jungle. Upon finding the valuable material, Wells finds himself propelled into the ravenous boardrooms of Wall Street attempting to keep his wealth and acquisitions.
It’s an impressive body performance from McConaughey – an common sign of Oscar bait – who in his own words ‘ate cheeseburgers and drank beer for six months straight’. But it’s really the only shining factor of the movie, which finds itself hulking along, hitting the same beats as many movies before it, but with none of the credibility.