An offbeat comedy about an estranged father who returns to his hometown after an absence of ten years in order to reconnect with his daughter and ex-wife but unwittingly finds himself responsible for almost destroying all their lives.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
Lucy struggles to come to terms with her parents' separation. She rescues a dog Eliot from the local dog shelter and her life starts to improve. Tragedy strikes when Eliot goes missing and Lucy must go on a dangerous journey to find him.
Twelve years ago, Ray left town after his childhood sweetheart, Alice, dumped him, taking their daughter away from him. Now he must return home at the request of his ailing father, who wishes to see his granddaughter before it's too late. But things take a turn for the absurd when Ray realises his daughter and her mother have built a new life with his former P.E. teacher, a controlling and regimented figure who is the direct opposite of Ray. Set in an affluent suburb in south County Dublin, this offbeat comedy and unconventional love story delights in the hilarity of everyday life.Written by
Incredibly entertaining, with plenty of character, a multitude of laughs, and lessons on growing up
Similar to other titles that aim to deliver messages regarding life's journey, maturity, redemption and moving forward, the exception with Gold, is this particular feature entertainingly provides substance and enjoyment, with a conclusion that is not only believable, but feels as though a continuing story exists after the credits start to roll.
The always engrossing Maisie Williams shines in this dramatic comedy as Abby, delivering a performance that is as honest and sympathetic, as it is charming and angst-y.
During the feature, each of the central characters are fueled by their own motivations and agendas, and Abby is no different. Under the guidance of her step father Frank (James Nesbitt), whose goal is to develop a successful athletic strategy, Abby wishes to make her family proud by earning gold on the track. On the other hand though, Alice (Kerry Condon), Abby's mother, is the least developed character, with little emphasis on her driving influences.
These hopes and dreams the family shares are strained by the arrival of Abby's biological father Ray (David Wilmot), whose original intentions are to attend to family matters. Despite his age, Ray is yet to realize the ramifications his actions can potentially cause, especially with regards to Abby. The influence he can occasionally have on her is not only negative, but destructive, as both their lives begin to share a sense of overlapping symmetry.
This inevitably leads to a series of confrontations, that are as truthfully portrayed as they often are hilarious. By incorporating these scenarios, the film touches on issues that affect the lives of adolescents and adults alike, and moreover illustrates how families not only cope, but try to move forward.
Although Ray is, in all likelihood, designed to be a sympathetic character, I was unable to feel any sympathy for him. This was not influenced by Wilmot's performance, who effectively constructed an individual whose life has taken a turn for the worse, but due to the character's complete lack of responsibility, alongside his inability to help others, including himself.
Sweet, thought provoking and brimming with talent, Gold is the perfect film to watch either on your own, or alongside friends and family (although it should be noted that profanities do make an appearance).
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