Matthew McConaughey is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood and an actor that continues to surprise audiences time and time again with his choices in roles. He started out with his breakthrough performance in Dazed and Confused but really made people take notice with his one-two punch of Lone Star and A Time to Kill. He has since gone on to play all manner of characters from regular good guy love interests in films like The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days to the leading man in films like The Lincoln Lawyer, Mud, Interstellar and Dallas Buyers Club to much darker roles like Killer Joe, True Detective and The Paperboy. And he even manages to throw in the occasional scene stealer role in films like Tropic Thunder and The Wolf of Wall Street. He is a versatile, relatable and enjoyable actor who keeps cranking out quality work. His new movie on shelves now, Gold, once again takes him onto a whole new level with the character he creates.
McConaughey plays Kenny Wells, a gold prospector who can’t seem to catch a break after his father dies and leaves him with a failing mining company. Then he meets Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez) who tells him there is an untapped gold mine in the Indonesian jungle. Their partnership leads to one of the biggest gold discoveries known but affects their lives in more ways than just making everyone rich.
Gold is another one of these true stories that is just crazy to comprehend. It is an incredible story of the highest highs and the lowest lows for one man’s professional life. Director Stephen Gaghan does a great job of balancing the telling of the true story of Kenny Wells and the entertainment value in the film itself. And McConaughey fully commits to the character of Kenny Wells. In interviews McConaughey says that when he first read the script he was 100% in and knew he had to play this character. And he does so with a furious energy and passion. Kenny is an underdog who demands you root for him, a guy who is rewarded by the process of work and business as much as the financial reward. He is in it for the experience and the people. Kenny Wells is about as passionate a person as you are even likely to find. And it takes an actor like McConaughey to really exude that passion. Gold is funny, fun, adventurous and unpredictable. And much more than I was expecting. Highly recommended.