Film Review: Fool’s Gold

25 Apr

Plot: Ben “Finn” Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) is an affable, modern-day treasure hunter who is obsessed with finding the legendary 18th century Queen’s Dowry-40 chests of priceless treasure that was lost at sea in 1715. In his quest, Finn has sunk everything he has, including his marriage to Tess (Kate Hudson). Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her life, working aboard a mega-yacht owned by billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), Finn discovers a vital clue to the treasure’s whereabouts. Much to Tess’ consternation, Finn maneuvers himself aboard Nigel’s yacht and, using his roguish charm, convinces the tycoon and his celebutante daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena), to join him in the pursuit of the Spanish riches. Even Tess can’t resist the lure of finally uncovering the treasure that had eluded them for so long. But they are not the only ones after the prize. Finn’s one-time mentor, Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone), and a ruthless local gangster (Kevin Hart) are intent on beating Finn to the trove. Let the treasure hunt begin…

This is the first time that the entry about the film’s plot is longer than the review! Anyway…

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson first came to our attention in the wonderful rom-com How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and I have been hoping for them to have a screen comeback, I didn’t expect it to be in a treasure hunt film called Fool’s Gold. Based on the trailer I knew it was going to be a dud but saying that, despite it being mindless, it still turned out to be entertaining, thanks to both actors sense of comic thinking and their still obvious chemistry. Great support from Sutherland and Winstone. If you missed it, rent it on DVD but take it for what it is.

Fool’s Gold: 2.5/5

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