Matthew McConnaughey’s bad fever

The opinion of the “World” – why not

When you think that just ten years ago, Matthew McConnaughey was this handsome Hollywood actor who wasted his talent in silly comedies titled How to get dumped in ten lessons we Haunted by his exes. And here he is ready to do anything to win a second Oscar (he won Best Actor in 2014 for Dallas Buyers Clubby Jean-Marc Vallée), even being physically repulsive.

Kenny Wells, the character he plays in Gold, is half-bald, pot-bellied, as little concerned about his physical appearance as his lifestyle. Like its ancestors, established in Nevada since the 19e century, Wells was a metal prospector, with a weakness for gold. He is an antihero, driven by profit, whose altruism stops at the circle of his relatives, ready to make any arrangements with the law and the truth to achieve his ends.

Commodity filibuster

This commodity buccaneer, who in the real world was the center of a huge scandal, could perhaps have been the center of a great movie. For that, it should have, among other things, that the Kenny Wells of the fiction is not requested by Matthew McConnaughey who makes of it the pretext of a series of histrionic acrobatics.

Behind this performance (which is the exact opposite of that – mystical and heroic and just as painful – delivered by the actor in Jones Free States), there is an amazing story: that of the discovery, in the Indonesian forest, of a gold deposit by Kenny Wells and Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez), a Venezuelan prospector. This discovery was at the origin of the violent financial movements which left a certain number of investors on the floor.
Against these disappointments, as the beginning of the film shows, Wells was protected, who had known both prosperity and misfortune. We see him steal the watch of his company (Bryce Dallas Howard) to put it on the nail in order to buy a plane ticket for Kuala Lumpur.

It’s harder to empathize with two men bent on destroying a corner of the jungle with chainsaws, construction machinery and chemicals

If Stephen Gaghan’s film (which succeeded in making the Orient and its mysteries almost transparent in Syriac) overflowing with information on speculation around rare metals, it does not sin only by its main interpreter (whose excesses are moreover counterbalanced by the finesse of Edgar Ramirez’s playing). If one can be interested in a world that the cinema has never depicted, it is more difficult to feel empathy for two men determined to destroy a corner of the jungle with chainsaws, construction engines and chemical products, while relying on a regime that was among the most corrupt on the planet, that of Indonesian President Soeharto (the film is set in the 1990s).

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