Fool’s Gold is directed by Andy Tennant (Sweet Home Alabama, Hitch), and stars Matthew McConaughey (Sahara, We are Marshall) and Kate Hudson (You, me and Dupree, The Skelton Key). The film is 1 hour and 52 minutes in length, and focuses on the exploits of an estrainged couple now on a treasure hunt who see there relationship rekindled during the course of an amazing adventure in the Bahamas.
Seriously now…You have to hand it to Matthew McConaughey, few men could still be entertaining playing (more or less) the same role over and over again. Of course, few men are as charming and universally popular as McConaughey either. In Fool’s Gold, McConaughey portrays Ben Finnegan, an eccentric treasure seeker who seemingly only has intelligence for history and treasure, and routinely falls short in brilliance regarding practical matters, such as finances, relationships and everyday life. If you think this sounds a lot like McConaughey’s role in Sahara, you’re not alone, because it is essentially the same character. But we all love McConaughey, with his southern charm, his high witt and his undeniable sense of humor, and so we all go along for the ride anyways. Cause noone, and I mean noone, plays the smart-dumb guy like McConaughey. Adding to the entrigue of this film is his undeniable chemistry with co-star Kate Hudson, who he lit the screen up with in How to lose a Guy in 10 days a few years back (2003). The two are amazing to watch and bounce back and forth of one another in a remarkable fashion, making us believe they’re a real couple on this wacky adventure.
The “wacky adventure” occurs after Ben borrows money from a crime lord named Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart) to try and locate an ancient treasure lost after a Spanish armada was lost at sea centuries earlier in the Bahamas. After accidently burning down his boat, Bigg has his henchmen (Malcom Jamal-Warner and Brian Hooks) attempt to kill Ben, who manages to escape and narrowly miss arriving on time for his divorce proceedings with his now ex-wife, Tess (Kate Hudson), who now owns everything Ben owns, which is basically nothing. Tess wants nothing more to do with Ben, trying to believe she doesn’t love him anymore and that he has wasted years of her life searching for treasure. We immediately feel the history between these characters, and the tension between them. It’s obvious that there relationship began based on lust and that balancing that physical attraction to one another with something more has been a struggle.
Ben then shows Tess proof that he has found the location of the treasure, but also admits to sinking the boat, which Tess paid for. After a priceless reaction from Tess, she returns to her cruise ship, where she is working as a stewartess. After drowning his sorrows with his partner, hilarious Alfonz (Ewen Bremmer), Ben learns of the cruise ship off shore, the same ship Tess is on, a fact that Ben is unaware of. Ben weasels his way onto the ship, and is reunited with Tess, who is less than thrilled to see him. The two share there theory about where to locate the lost treasure with Tess’ boss (Donald Sutherland) and his teenaged airhead daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena), and the odd group heads out to locate the treasure before rival Moe (Ray Winstone) can locate it first, and before Bigg notices Ben is still alive.
The film is a delightful surprise, and highly entertaining to watch. The script (written by John Clafin, Daniel Zelman and director Andy Tennant) is remarkably well written and extremely humerous throughout the entire film. The film’s plot isn’t the most original, but the directions it goes from the main plot are very exciting and original and help to keep us guessing where the film will go next. The chemistry between all the characters, most notably McConaughey and Hudson, is enduring and natural. Fool’s Gold is a great escape movie, meaning that it is just a fun, light-hearted film with a lot of great action sequences, plenty of humor, great locations and tons of sex appeal with the lead characters often walking around with little more than skimpy swimsuits on, displaying there fine tans and flawless physiques. There’s little not to like in the movie, and its a rare film that is both fun and smart, and thats something you’ll want to watch again.
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