An interesting topic which is covered in a less than interesting manner,
with people who are not very interesting themselves. Still, it hints at
deeper things, which is why I kept the rating fairly high.
I must admit that I do not understand the obsession with gold. It is
a symbol of status, but I do not know or understand why. And this movie
did nothing to help me understand it. It would have been nice if they
had speculated on the origins of gold fever. I have trouble believing it
is simply because of the flashy color -if that was the case, then even glass
could have been precious (but I guess it is, in the shape of diamonds).
Anyway, the lack of explanation didn't hurt the film.
What hurt the film a bit was the lack of presentation. It was
standard documentary fare, not really worth the IMAX screen. There were
a few moments that put the dome to good use, such as the helicopter ride over
the Yukon and the trip down into the mine shaft, or the giant crowds in India,
but for the most part, this film could have been served just as good on a
The narrator also didn't help matters. He was not very
interesting. Neither was the gold hunter in the Yukon. Surely they
could have found a more interesting person to follow? The king in that
small country (can't remember it's name) in Africa seemed like he had stories
to tell, but he was dying, and seemed barely capable of more then
moaning. The Yukon gold rush prospectors are long dead, but perhaps a
more interpretive dialog would have been better for this film.
Still, the film had many things going for it. It spent most of
its time in the Yukon, with great landscapes. The grizzly bear footage
was weird, but the scenes inside a small old gold mine were neat. The
size of the machinery was impressive in the Ontario (I believe) gold mine,
kilometers below ground. In India, where we spent the least amount of
time, the festival was interesting, though short. And I enjoyed the
chanting during the festival of the king in that small African
And the story of gold is interesting in itself. I really enjoyed the
sorting of gold from the other minerals, melting it down, and creating the
gold bars or jewelry.
Many people might find this film quite slow, but I enjoyed it. There
was enough to keep me interested throughout, so that, as a documentary, it