Fool's Gold

2008-06-20 15:41
What it's about:

Ben "Finn" Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) is good at three things: finding sunken treasure, finding money to dig up sunken treasure and driving Tess (Kate Hudson), his soon-to-be-ex-wife, crazy. He's sunk everything he's ever owned and just as he's about to sink his marriage too, Finn discovers a piece of treasure he and Tess have been searching for in the last eight years. Almost out of luck and fresh out of cash (and a boat), Finn manages to convince Tess's billionaire boss Nigel (Donald Sutherland) and his celebutante daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena) to help them find the location of the 18th century Aurelia's watery grave and recover the $500 million treasure, The Queen's Dowry.

What we thought of it:

Director Andy Tennant (Ever After 1998 and Anna and the King 1999) evolves from his purist romantic comedy roots and breaks new ground in Fool's Gold with bucket loads of treasure-hunting adventure. No longer drawing the audiences' attention solely to the developing relationship between his lead actors, he's chosen a film where there's more to the story than simply ‘boy meets girl’.

Although the sub-plot of Fool's Gold is a fascinating story of the tragedy of an 18th century vessel, the Aurelius, there's not much of a suspenseful plot. Instead of allowing the audience to get into Finn and Tess's head as they match the pieces of the puzzle, the mystery is made sense of in large indigestible chunks of dialogue, and explained to the audience as if they're not capable of solving the mystery themselves. But the movie isn't really about salvaging the sunken treasure; it's about Finn and Tess, and the salvaging of their sunken romance.

Much like his previous hits Hitch (2005) and Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Tennant works with strong male and female lead characters. Finn, a rugged optimist who coolly falls in and out of unpleasant situations, and Tess, an intelligent would-be historian who just wants to be rid of her nuisance husband. Although Tennant has a unique talent for developing on-screen relationships, his gift isn't really needed. Hudson and McConaughey convinced us of their charming chemistry in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), and it isn't long before you fall in love with them all over again.

Fool's Gold is predictable and sugary, but the cast seem to be having so much fun you can't help but get caught up in the schmaltz. It's pure lightweight, escapist fun – worth watching even if it's only for a topless McConaughey and bikini clad Hudson.

- Megan Kakora

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A fun adventure comedy romance filled with sun, sand, exotic locations and golden booty.

audilia couto 2008/03/06 1:57 PM
fools gold well, I enjoy this kind of movie. And especially Matthew's sexy torso - ooh la la and Kate hudson looks good. This is nice popcorn kind of movie, not too taxing on the grey cells but still entertaining.
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