Movie Review: Fool's Gold

February 8, 2008 By:
Movie Review: Fool's Gold

Although a bit cheesy, Fool's Gold was rather fun to watch. The location was amazing, the action attempted to stay constant, with only a few dull moments, and the supporting roles were all impressive... especially Ray Winstone, I thought he was hilarious. The plot has it's holes, and some of the jokes seemed dry, but because I wasn't expecting much going in, I must say that the movie was definitely entertaining.

Ben "Finn" Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey...We Are Marshall, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, and my personal favorite Frailty) is a care free ex-surfer turned treasure hunter who has been obsessed with discovering the legendary Queens Dowry of the 18th century. This Dowry includes 40 chests full of exotic treasures that was lost at sea in 1715. Years of searching with his wife Tess (Kate Hudson...You, Me and Dupree, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, and my favorite Almost Famous) has ultimately led them to nothing other than their failed marriage. Tess, completely over Ben, has filed for divorce and began rebuilding her life, working on billionaire Nigel Honeycutt's (Donald Sutherland... The Italian Job, Backdraft, and his unforgettable role in Ordinary People) enormous yacht. When Nigel's daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena... Havoc, Sex and Breakfast) comes to visit, Ben saves her life and earns his way onto Nigel's yacht. After the initial freak-out by Tess when she witnesses Ben on the same yacht, Ben then convinces Tess, Nigel, and Gemma that he is extremely close in finding the treasure than he and Tess have been searching for. During the search, they all have to stay away from Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart) who owns most of the island, and his henchmen Cordell (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) and Curtis (Brian Hooks) who also are aware of Ben and Tess' plan. But that's not all, they also have to dodge Ben's mentor turned nemesis Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone... The Departed, Beowulf, The Proposition) who has joined the hunt for the Queens Dowry himself.

The chemistry between McConaghey and Hudson was definitely present. They're hate for each other was just as believable as their love for one another. Even though, the conclusion is rather predictable (as I'm sure you all know what is going to happen) I still found myself rooting for the two of them. Much more believable than their first go at it in "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days." Donald Sutherland was top notch, Alexis Dziena was great, Ewen Bremner and Kevin Hart will hysterical, and the cameos from Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Brian Hooks were imperative in making "Fool's Gold" a good time at the movies.

Pat the Movie Critic gives "Fool's Gold" --- 3 Scoops.