Monday, May 20, 2024

Oscar Isaac Makes One of His Few Really Bad Movies with “Big Gold Brick,” Panned by Reviewers


Oscar Isaac has either made critically acclaimed films and/or financial hits. He rarely makes a mistake in his choices. Those would include Madonna’s “W.E.” and Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself.”

Isaac’s had two highly regarded hits in just the last year: “Dune” and “The Card Counter.” He’s also had a hit on HBO with “Scenes from a Marriage.” He has a hotly anticipated Marvel mini series coming called “Moon Knight.”

Today a film dropped that almost no one has heard of featuring Isaac. It’s called “Big Gold Brick,” directed by Brian Petsos. Ouch! There are only 21 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and they are mostly pans. The rating average is 24%.

Glenn Kenny wrote: “Unlike many other film enthusiasts turned filmmakers, Petsos hasnt figured out anything useful to do with his influences.”

Variety said: “Despite piling on character details and plot developments, “Big Gold Brick” is beset by torpor, in large part because every new incident is untethered to the ones that preceded and follow it.”

New York Times: “The title of this perfectly well-appointed production is apt: “Big Gold Brick” looks all right but it truly just sits there.”

One day maybe we’ll find out how Isaac, whose credits include “A Most Violent Year,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and three “Star Wars” movies, found himself in a movie with Megan Fox and Lucy Lawless.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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