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.