REVIEW: ‘Gold’ an entertaining, but familiar cautionary tale

There’s never a point in Gold, the latest from Matthew McConaughey and director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic), where you don’t know how things are going to turn out. From the early going, the film sets itself up as an archetypal “rise and fall” cautionary tale.

That’s not to say it’s not well constructed or executed. In fact, Gold is an entertaining film, with a compelling, committed performance from McConaughey at its heart.

But the familiarity of the story arc takes something away from the film’s lasting dramatic impact. It’s just a lesson we’ve been taught before in more or less this same way.

Given that, audiences are more likely to be talking about McConaughey’s weight gain for the role rather than the film’s message once the credits roll. (Read more:

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