Last Friday I was fortunate to crack an invite to what was the hottest ticket of the week - an early screening of Stephen Gaghan's outstanding Gold starring Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard and Edgar Ramirez, held at the gorgeous Ham Yard Hotel.
Look any reason to visit the Ham Yard Hotel is good (if you get the chance pop into the magnificent Dive Bar, the film themed Bollywood Spill Out Area and the Croc Bowling Alley) but this was a particularly good occasion as none other than Matthew McConaughey himself popped in to introduce his latest film Gold to the jam packed screening.
Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia..
James Gray, David Grann
Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard
|Gold (2016) Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells [Gold Gallery]|
|Gold (2016) Edgar Ramírez as Michael Acosta, Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells and Bryce Dallas Howard as Kay [Gold Gallery]|
Down to his last cards Kenny has a dream, cashes in his last chips or rather pawns his and her watches and sets off on a wild adventure that takes him to the limits as he carves out his own path.
|Gold (2016) Stephen Gaghan's Gold Image Gallery|
From the moment you hear the sound of a gold coin pinging as the film's title comes up you know you are in for a fun ride. Kudos to the script writers Patrick Massett, John Zinman and Stephen Gaghan for bringing the bold and nuanced story to life rather than letting it play out as just a parodical cliche of a man flying to close to the sun.
I loved the script and story roll out. But then again Gold was made under they eye of Stephen Gaghan who has a catalogue of intelligent challenging films to his name.
Along with McConaughey the film benefits from great performances from Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll in a small but pivotal role and very much from Edgar Ramírez's turn as Michael Acosta.
Safe to say that it is well worth a trip to the cinema to see this captivating tale roll-out on the screen backed with performances from a phenomenal cast bringing this fairly autobiographical story to life with engaging performances. But it is both that winding tale, the casting and the performances that lift the film for me. This is the one where Edgar Ramirez really comes into his own and shines.
|Gold (2016) Edgar Ramirez as Michael Acosta [Gold Galley]|
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I went in to the screening knowing very little, in fact I had to look up details of the story afterwards as it genuinely seemed too good to be true, but knowing nothing about the film allowed me to go in and be pleasantly surprised and swept away by the tale.
Skip the trailers and marketing that will no doubt reveal too much and build expectations - just go see this little gem.
What a treat for Matthew McConaughey to pop in and introduce Gold to us.
The Establishing Shot: MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY INTRODUCES GOLD - 3 FEBRUARY 2017
Thank you for coming to see this little work we did called Gold.
This script came to me about 5 and half years ago and was one of two scripts in my career that after one read I had that wonderful feeling that no one else could do this. I have to do this.
I showed the script to my agent, we worked on it for 3 years and we really came to the same conclusion who we wanted. And then Stephen Gaghan came on, we sort of felt like we pulled him out of a mid career retirement. He had written Traffic, then directed Syriana and hadn't done much over 10 years. Stephen came on, understood the material really well and the places.
This character Kenny Wells, a lot of this is based on truth, he is a dreamer, who literally follows a dream, hocks a watch and heads off to Indonesia to make that dream true.
The script took is from the dusty bars of Reno, Nevada to the jungles of Indonesia to the top floors of Wall Street.
Again it is mostly true and it's one hell of a tale.
Slideshow: Matthew McConaughey introduces his latest outstanding film GOLD to us and tells us a little bit about the film at the Ham Yard Hotel, London
The full Gold Image Gallery can be viewed here!
|Gold (2016) Stephen Gaghan's Gold Image Gallery|
Directed by: Stephen Gaghan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard, Edgar Ramirez
|Gold (2016) UK Alternative Poster Matthew McConaughey [Gold Gallery]|
GOLD is released in UK cinemas 3 February 2017.
The Establishing Shot: MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY INTRODUCES HIS LATEST OUTSTANDING FILM GOLD AND TELLS US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FILM. I LOVE GOLD! - EVENT REPORT
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