“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 2008 / To Be Announced / Director: Andy Tennant / Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone ... / DVD released 2008-09-01 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL „
Tess (Kate Hudson) and Fin (Matthew McConaughey) after eight years of marriage are finally divorced after him again missing the appointment to talk about the divorce and it gets finalised but you know from the get go though neither party really wanted it but it soon becomes apparent that they are very different people with him drifting through life and her wanting stability and normality and less debt and so on and certainly less lies and mayhem.
However the one think they have in common is treasure hunting and after he takes her boat and get its blown up he finds a bit of plate in the ocean that looks like it could be near treasure that way back they had been looking for worth millions.
In the meantime Tess is making ends meets aboard a boat working for a guy called Nigel (Donald Sutherland) whos bimbo daughter comes to visit and Tess decides to try get him to finance the treasure hunt with Fin however Fin is in the water one day when Nigels daughter loses her hat and rescues it and after taking a tumble ends up on the boat and it gives him and Tess a chance to explain all about the 18th century treasure beneath them and enthralled by the story Nigel and his daughter decide to join them looking for it.
However other people are also out in the waters looking for it including some downright thugs and Fins arch enemy Mo is out too and the question is who will find it first?
This is an ok comedy movie but really nothing special sadly. There are some bits in it that makes you chuckle though not howl and Fins character is always in trouble and I cans say its unpleasant to see him half naked mostly throughout the film lol. For me this is more of a love story between Fin and Tess and the main focus on the movie though you get a predictable ending as usual with these rom com kind of films though the ending was rather sweet to be fair to it.
All round the film was well acted and theres a definite chemistry between Kate and Matthew that cant be denied and of course these two are used to working together.
The film has a fun feel, the soundtrack is upbeat and being filmed in Cuba (actually in Australia apparently!) the scenery is of course beautiful!
The film is 113 minutes long though which I felt was a bit too long and is rated 12 which is about right!
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I've just been so bored recently so decided to expand my dvd collection, so Fools gold was another 1p from amazon purchase, I thought if I don't like it then I've only wasted £1.25 so I wont mind too much! I had wanted to see it when it came out at the cinema in 2008 but missed it and never got round to buying the dvd until now! The genre of the film attracted me to it, as well as that it had Kate Hudson in it as she's been good in other chick flicks I've seen.
It has a bit of a twist on your usual chick flick where the couple are unlikely and they meet, and after a few obstacles they get together etc, as in the first few minutes of this film the lead characters have just gotten divorced, so they have been in love and fallen out of it. When they were married, they spent the whole of their time hunting for Aurelia, a ship that sank and the treasure was never discovered, it was their goal but they ended up giving up, until Finn finds a plate that could be an integral part of the mystery. Tess gets the help of her millionaire boss, and soon they are back on the waters finding treasure, and maybe even love...
The two leading characters were played by Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, who I thought were a really good choice for the parts as they worked together really well with very genuine chemistry, and the producers obviously saw this when casting as they've previously worked together for How to lose a guy in 10 days. Since this wasn't really the normal setting for a chick flick, I thought it was a nice change, I really enjoyed the bits about the treasure hunting and found the mystery element really interesting and engaging. I'd recommend this, its very cheap used on amazon or if you want to buy it new its about £3.
Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson play Ben and Tess Finnegan a feuding couple on the brink of divorce. Ben is determined to discover 17th century gold from a shipwreck and his obsession has destroyed their relationship (Hence the title of the film).
Unfortunately as Ben and Tess are thrown together to find the gold so are a wide variety of goons and baddies, this film chronicles the 'hilarious' high jinks that follow, as the Finnegan's search for the gold and something they may have lost in their relationship.
Matthew McConaughey ... Benjamin Finnegan
Kate Hudson ... Tess Finnegan
Donald Sutherland ... Nigel Honeycutt
Alexis Dziena ... Gemma Honeycutt
Ewen Bremner ... Alfonz
Ray Winstone ... Moe Fitch
Kevin Hart ... Bigg Bunny
Malcolm-Jamal Warner ... Cordell
Brian Hooks ... Curtis
David Roberts ... Cyrus
Michael Mulheren ... Eddie
Adam LeFevre ... Gary
Rohan Nichol ... Stefan
Roger Sciberras ... Andras
Being totally honest, I don't mind Matthew McConaughey, I know his easy style of acting and constant desire to have his shirt off grind with many but I find him quite amusing. He and Hudson are reunited after a previous fairly forgettable comedy a few years ago and their chemistry is pretty lame to be honest. It is clear from the start that neither has the acting range to be too mad, so you know they will inevitably get back together at some point.
The film is a comedy adventure, a lot of the comedy is smashed in your face, whilst there is unintentional comedy from Ray Winstone with a comedy American Accent and Donald Sutherland murdering a British accent, it may have possibly worked better allowing the actors to play the others role or to pretend they were from their own countries as neither convinces in their role and both are naturally decent actors. The film is fairly easy to watch and is brainless fun. The action is decent enough, but overall this is a pretty ordinary, pedestrian film that doesn't ask much and doesn't deliver much either.
You can buy the DVD on Amazon or Ebay for £2.99 although it is regularly on terrestrial television nowadays and if you don't own it already its unlikely you would go out of your way to buy it now.
Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson team up again for this thrill ride, love story of a treasure hunt.
They play a divorced cupple who bicker and argue all the time but who really love each other.
After many years of searching, Finn (McConaughey) finds a clue that could lead him to a treasure he and Hudson have been looking for for years (Queens Dowry), and what split them up. But along the way, before finding the treasure, he has to convince his ex to team up with him again, something that will be very difficult, and avoid being killed by Bigg Bunny, a gangster that he owes masses of money too, who also wants the treasure!
After seeing McConaughey and Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, I had high expectations for this film and although I felt it wasn't quite as amazing, I did still really enjoy it and believe that they kept their onscreen romance flowing.
I think what matters most in a film where the two lead actors have a romance going on, is for it to be believable and there be a connection. So I can honestly say that this film did not let down as these two actors have those qualities in bucket loads.
The actual idea of the film was certainly not original, as it has been done in variations many times over the years, but that doesn't mean it wasn't good, as it was. It was funny, it had loads of action and it had a happy go lucky feel to it, which is always important in a sort of romcom.
Although this film had a deeper sort of love story running through it, I would have to say that I thought it was more of a comedy, and the main attractions of the scenes were aimed at getting you to laugh at silly accidents and stunts, which in any other movie would probably have made it a bit crappier, but like I said above, because of the lead stars, it all worked really well together.
I would recommend this to all, but I do have to say that if it wasn't for McConaughey and Hudson, I don't think it would have been as good.
This is definitely worth spending £3 on and it runs for an easy 1 hour and 47 mins. It is rated 12.
There is actually an interesting special feature on the dvd looking at the chemistry between the two lead actors. Worth checking out in my opinion.
Running: 112 minutes
Director: Andy Tennant
Matthew McConaughey as Ben Finnegan
Kate Hudson as Tess Finnegan
Donald Sutherland as Nigel Honeycutt
Alexis Dziena as Gemma Honeycutt
Ray Winstone as Moe Fitch
Benn Finnagan has a dream and a passion all his life. His passion is to find treasures in deep sea where old ships found there resting place with hopefully still their cargo onboard. With his passion and search for adventure he seduced his wife Tess into his life. They have been together for 8 years and for 8 years long they have been looking for treasures and have been unsuccessful all those years. Tess is sick of the searching and has had it with Benn and is ready to divorce him. They only need to sign the papers when Benn does the discovery of a lifetime. While loosing his ship on a horrible expedition he founds a piece (clue) from a old ship called the Aurelia. Benn has always had an interest about his ship because of his valuable cargo inside. But he's not the only one who's interested and also the locale mafia on the island wants to have a piece of it. Benn goes to a millionaire who is there with his ship to see if he's ready to do some treasure hunting. Because its all about who's the first one to be there!
Fool's gold is an adventure movie with a lot of action and is being shot at an exotic location. I think the acting is good enough for this kind of movie. Matthew McConaughey plays the part of the lead as Benn Finnagan. He's the typical crazy adventuress guy whose whole life is about finding treasures. He's not very successful and is always in trouble. Matthew plays his part very well. He's believable in his part as the adventuress guy who lives on a island and spend most time on an boat. He surely got the looks for it as the well tanned and muscular guy. Kate Hudson plays the part of the other lead as Tess Finnegan, the wife of Benn. She also has been driving by the treasure hunting, but more because of the passion of Benn. After so many of stress and struggle she is over it. Kate plays it well enough and is fun to look at, but its nothing really special and just nice to see.
There are a few extra's on the dvd. One extra is a behind the scenes with interviews with the cast, but its very short only 4 minutes. Another extra is bloopers, but I didn't find them funny. The extras are disappointing and you wont miss anything by not seeing them.
I really enjoyed Fool's gold as a good fun adventure action movie and the almost 2 hours are gone before you know it. Maybe its not the most original movie and not the best acting skills, but he's good enough to have a nice time. The exotic location where the movie has been shot really helps and the action moments are good. It's a shame of the amount of extras on the DVD. It's a good fun movie for a night of watching tele at home.
Fin is a carefree sort of guy who spends his time searching for ship wrecks and treasure, he is about to be divorced from Tess as they spent their whole marriage bickering and arguing and Tess wants more from her life. They are thrown back together when they finally get their divorce and Finn tells Tess about the plate he found when his own boat sank.
The couple had spent years trying to find an old sunken ship which was full of gold and precious gems but they never finished their quest and found the treasure. Finn is taken aboard the ship which Tess is working on and soon they are telling the owner Nigel Honeycutt and his spoilt daughter all about their work and what they were trying to find. Nigel and his daughter agree that a treasure hunt does sound very interesting so they decide to help Finn and Tess complete their hunt. The one problem which the team now face is the fact that others are searching for the treasure.
Will Finn and Tess be able to solve the mystery and get the gold before the others do and will their hate relationship turn to anything other?
I only really picked up this DVD as it had Matthew McConaughey in and the last few films I have seen him in he has been very good in this roles. For me this film was a slight disappointment as he really did not seem to fit the past very well. He looked good and what I would call a layabout but he did not seem to have any real personality which came across.
Kate Hudson took the role of Tess and I found her to be a much better character to warm to and I found her easier to understand and like. She did work well with the character of Finn and there seemed a genuine bit of history and chemistry between the pair but more so from her role and not his. They bought some light hearted fun to the film with the banter and arguments over the divorce which did make for easier viewing. There were some good supporting actors and actresses in this film but one which I did not like was that of Gemma Honeycutt, she just seemed to be their for the men to watch as she gave no input to the storyline and juts came across as so think and spoilt. The role which I did really like were those of Nigel Honeycutt played by Donald Sutherland as he was quit amusing and I like how he tried to deal with his dumb daughter, Biggy Bunny who was played by Kevin Hart and Alfonz who was played by Ewen Bremner. A surprise role in this film for me was that of Ray Winstone who played fellow treasure hunter Moe, he was a good and different character to those which we got to mainly see and I loved the British accent which got thrown in.
The storyline to the film was average in my eyes as it was nothing more than a race to find the missing treasure which was lost in 1715 and a weak love story thrown in for a bit of depth, for me it could have been made so much better with a little bit more work and I think if some of the supporting actors were shown more it would have helped. The top gay chiefs on the boat were brilliant little roles and they gave me a few good chuckles and I feel that if they were featured slightly more it would have made for more funny and entertaining viewing.
The storyline was set in the Caribbean and as a result we got some wonderful views and shots of the scenery, these for we were by far the best parts of the film. The special effects which were used at times in the film were quite good but some of them were pretty bad, I did find a very bad back drop behind the character of Fin towards the end of the film and I juts think if a bit more time and effort went into the effects then they would have looked better and not made the film look cheaply made. The music for me was not too good as I only watched this film last night and now I cannot remember a single track or tune which was played.
The DVD which we have does have a few bonus features which include:-
Fool's Gold: Flirting with Adventure - The chemistry between two charming contemporary stars
As the film did not have a massive impact on me I have not taken to time to watch these so I am not able to make comment on them.
The running time of this film is 107 minutes and I did find this to quite long enough and the certificate is a 12. Luckily I only paid £3 for the DVD which I felt was a fair price. I will recommend this film as long as you do not expect great things, it does have some good acting but only an average storyline. There are a few giggles in the film but nothing to laugh out loud to.
I just loved "How to lose a guy in 10 days" - particulalry the chemistry between Matthew McConauhey and kate Hudson. Surely "Foolds Gold" - a film which reunited the pair of actors - must be worth watching - particularly since it also starred Ray winstone - good to watch in just about anything! How wrong could I be?
Essentially this is about a loser who has sacrificed just about everything on a mission to find lost treasure. Somehow he stumbles across a pice of a dish belived to be part of this treasure on the eve of his divorce and somehow persuades his ex-wife (Hudson) to follow him and he gets ever closer to the treasure - and, of course, eventually finds it.
This is a tedious and formulaic film. I couldn't warm to the main characters and the supporting cast look like they are spoofing their own characters. McConaughey seemed content to look good half naked all the time ad was clearly a chancer - I really couldn't warm to his character whilst I found myself screaming at the stupidity of Hudson's character. I know that this is fication but you have to connect in some way to the characters! If I was you I would give this one a wide berth!
Why is it that Matthew McConaughey makes so many bad films despite having some talent as an actor? Similarly, Kate Hudson humiliates herself in another waste of the clear talent she demonstrated in Almost Famous.
The film revolves around a treasure hunter named Benjamin "Finn" Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) who becomes obsessed with finding some treasure from an abandoned vessel. However, his wife, Tess (Kate Hudson), divorces him in this stead, leaving him to go it alone, but after he finds a compelling clue that may lead to the location of the treasure, he convinces her, along with millionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland) and his daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena) to help him find the treasure. Complicating things, though, is the presence of a gangster incredulously named BiggBunny (Kevin Hart), who, along with Finn's former mentor Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone), attempt to get to the treasure before they can.
Conceptually, and in its execution, this is a film that just doesn't work. It's not very much fine despite its attempt, and the cast act like they can't be bothered most of the time: this is clearly a "paycheque" role for all involved, and in that stead it seems like quite a crass money making endeavour.
Acting-wise, some of the accents are absolutely dreadful, and actors like Donald Sutherland really should know better, but at least it adds a bit of unintentional amusement to an otherwise virtually laughless, mirthless outing. This is mostly at odds with an almost genuine attempt to make a solid adventure, and it's abundantly clear that director Andy Tennant is thoroughly out of his depth. The cast have decent chemistry but that's about as far as my praise for this dreck goes.
I was browsing through Lovefilm looking for some films to add to my rental list when I came across Fool's Gold. It's a film starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey so I thought it might be quite good, the only thing that worried me was that I don't remember it coming out at the cinema. However I decided I would give it a go.
The film tells the story of Ben (called Finn) and Tess Finnegan a married couple about to divorces in Cuba. They have a bit of a love hate relationship as although Tess loves Finn he is not very dependable. They both have a desire to find the Queens Dowry treasure which was lost when a Spanish ship sunk in the 1700's. Finn discovers something which he thinks will lead him to the find but in the process manages to spectacularly blow up then sink his boat. Meanwhile Tess is working as a steward on billionaire Nigel Honeycutt's yacht but not really happy. Finn hatches a plan to try to get both Tess and Nigel on his side and roped into treasure hunting. However they aren't the only ones looking for the treasure and they have to contend with Bigg Bunny, the gangster rapper who owns the nearby island and to whom Finn owes money. Suddenly it's not just the treasure at stake but also their lives.
I have to say that I quite enjoyed this film. It is by no means the best example of a romantic comedy but its fun, enjoyable, has good characters and good to watch. It's a film that doesn't take itself too seriously and I think you have to watch it with that in mind. Yes the story is far fetched and some of the characters a bit over the top but that adds to the charm in my opinion.
I think what makes the film is the chemistry between Hudson and McConaughey, they have a real spark between them. Their relationship in the film is quite believable, the contrast between loving each other but also finding each other sometimes incredibly annoying! Their relationship brings some great comedy to the film and there are some great one liners. There are some other good characters including Gemma played by Alexis Dziena who is the billionaire's daughter and is a rather spoilt and not very bright. She brings some more comedy to the film with her misunderstanding of lots of things.
The scenery in the film is fantastic, I believe that some of it was filmed in Australia and there are some postcard perfect scenery with clear blue sea and sunny sandy beaches.
All in all I thought it was a good film, not my favourite romantic comedy but enjoyable nonetheless. I wouldn't rush out to buy the DVD but if you like romantic comedies then it is worth a watch but I would advise renting it. Although having said that I have just found out it is only £4.98 in Amazon so if you cant rent it then its not much to buy it even if you only watch it once!
The special features aren't very exciting. There is a Gag reel which is really rather boring and more outtakes rather than actually funny bits. There is also a making of, with interviews with the actors which is a bit more interesting.
Cost - £4.98 on Amazon
Rating - 12
Running Time - 108 minutes
Finn (Matthew McConaughey) and his estranged wife Tess (Kate Hudson) were treasure hunters however as of recent, Tess has been working as a steward on a boat while Finn is still out at sea looking for whatever treasure he can uncover.
When Finn finally finds the exact location of what him and Tess have been searching for, for years, he informs his wife who reluctantly agrees to accompany him along with Tess's millionaire boss and his spoilt daughter, however two gangsters including Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone) who was Finn's mentor is intent on finding the treasure first at all costs...
After seeing the brilliant How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days starring the two main actors in this film I was excited to see the pair reunited for the first time in about 7 years as they shared great chemistry in their earlier pairing. I never got round to seeing this at the cinema so bought it on DVD when it came out and I must say I was extremely disappointed.
The chemistry that the pair had previously shared has totally disintegrated and you'd think that they'd never met or worked with each other before, the two just don't seem to gel together which makes much of the jokes in the film placid. Instead of becoming a unit like they did in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days they seem to be on different levels in this film and are solely concentrating on themselves instead of putting in a team effort. Kate Hudson's performance seems very fake and Matthew McConaughey tries way too hard to be funny instead of letting his natural charm and charisma shine through. Of course one major thing that Matthew McConaughey does have going for him is that body of his, he spends most of the film shirtless which of course will undoubtedly please the ladies however I do feel that maybe he relies on his physique and sex appeal a bit too much instead of his actual acting ability.
The story is quite bland and very predictable from the start, from the moment you find out that Finn and Tess are married but separated you can practically predict the rest of the story without even having to watch it, what was great about their previous pairing was the unpredictable aspect of it, Fool's Gold is simply way too predictable to make you even the slightest bit interested. Overall the story is very slow and although there are a lot of things going for it you simply can't get into the story because it's core storyline is so dull.
The scenery is fantastic and is probably the best thing about the film, the beaches are beautiful and so is the sea however even this can't save a dying ship. Scenery alone isn't enough for a great film, Into The Blue is a film that springs to mind, starring Jessica Alba and Paul Walker. It was very similar to Fool's Gold, it had eye candy in the form of both male and female leads, beautiful scenery and similar storylines including treasure hunting, the one difference being that Into The Blue is an exciting and tense film and Fool's Gold is nothing but a cheap rip-off that does nothing to excel the careers of the main actors.
I'll give it credit where credit's due, the film does get better towards the end. To say it becomes exciting would be a severe overstatement however it does become more bearable despite everything that goes against it. The action picks up towards the end and makes the film fun to watch what with motorbike chases through graveyards, deaths and gun fights. The film without doubt improves towards the end but sadly this isn't enough to make it into a half decent film.
Ray Winstone has a supporting role as a gangster, he's known for playing tough guys in films and Fool's Gold completely mugs him of any credibility he may have had before this film was released. His character has no depth at all.
The script of Fool's Gold is laughable and another thing that goes against the reputation of the film, the whole film is basically just a car crash and the only comedy that this film manages to exude is unintentional.
I think this was simply a poor excuse to show off two good looking actors in the form of Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in the hopes that this will pull in both a male and female audience respectively. I think this movie was made for the money and not because they thought it would be a good movie or a step up in their career. The two lead actors really ruined the memory of their previous success in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days by starring in this excruciatingly terrible film.
Overall I wouldn't recommend it at all, I personally felt that this film was a complete waste of time and after watching it on DVD twice I'm planning to sell it on EBay and get whatever I can for it because anything is better than having this embarrassment in my DVD collection!
The DVD is available from play.com for £2.99 and believe me I wouldn't even pay that... you'd have to pay me at least £10 to make me sit through this again!
I very much enjoyed Sahara as a kind of easy to watch, lots of action film. It was boy's adventure film but room for the girls to enjoy.
I also enjoyed Kate Hudson and Matthew McConnaughey in How to Lose A guy in 10 Days, that was a great matching onscreen and so I went into this thinking if it had as much fun and humour as the two previous movies then what could go wrong?
Everything it seems.
Matthew plays Ben Finnegan who is married (for the first ten minutes at least) to Kate's character Tess. They are both treasure hunters obsessed with finding the legendary 18th century Queens Dowry - 40 chests of exotic treasure that was lost at sea in 1715 in a violent storm.
Finnegan has found what he believes to be a vital clue to the treasure - except his boat is sunk by the local gangster called Big Bunny - I kid you not, a completely uncliched black rap star - from whom Finnegan has borrowed a lot of money from. Now his boat has sunk "Where is the boat?" sketch slotted right in here, Finnegan has nothing with which to pursue his treasure hunt and by default, capture the heart again of his wife Tess.
But this is all too little too late for Tess who has filed for divorce and is now a steward on the fabulous yacht owned by billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland).
Well lookey here, who turns up unexpectedly? Finnegan! Wow, didn't see that coming!
Finnegan persuades Tess to believe him and Nigel to fund the treasure hunt.
Of course Big Bunny has contacts and is hunting the money and now the treasure so enter Ray Winstone who must have received a massive gas bill and decided to take this movie on.
This all leads to a wild romp on the oceans as they try and out do each other to find the treasure, find true love and daddy Nigel gets in touch with his adorably, cute and not at all spoilt estranged daughter Gemma. She is the brains of the outfit, watch out for her if you so desire to watch this movie.
I am sorry but there is nothing redemptive about this film. It is too long, too cliched, too predictable and the acting and storyline cannot rescue what is a real stinker. This movie should have sunk with the boat in the first 15 minutes of the film.
There is none of the great chemistry of How to Lose a Guy which is a shame as I believe they have the potential however this film does not deliver it. I fell asleep towards the end for 20 minutes, woke up and knew exactly what was happening and could predict what would happen.
£2.99 on Play - good value if you need something to scare the birds off your runner beans.
Too long, sorry 1 hour and 48 minutes
If Matthew McConaughey with his shirt off and Kate Hudson in a bikini is your idea of a good time then Fools Gold is definitely the film for you.
Fools Gold is a 2008 adventure/romantic comedy staring the two actors as treasure hunters. For years they have been obsessed with the Spanish galleon, the Aurelia which was lost at sea in 1715. Rumour has it that it contained the treasure of the new Spanish queen when it went down, including emeralds, rubies and lots of gold so it's something they have been searching for for a long time.
This film did not do well with the critics at all and I do understand their point, it was hardly a classic but I think it never set out to be a classic or took itself that seriously and there were enough good points to make it for me quite a funny film.
McConaughey (Finn) and Hudson (Tess) manage to talk themselves onto the boat of a multi-millionaire, played very well by Donald Sutherland (Nigel) and utilise him and his staff to help in the dive for the treasure. The boat is huge and absolutely gorgeous and there are quite a few diving scenes so if this is your kind of thing then it's very interesting to watch. Tess and Finn were married but on the morning when Finn thinks he has found the location of the treasure they actually get divorced because Tess believes Finn is a bit of a waster and will not amount to anything. There is still love there and when Finn asks Tess to help him find the rest of the treasure they have been searching for for years she agrees and their relationship changes from that point out.
They are diving for their treasure in the Caribbean (although most of the scenes were shot in Australia because they had better weather at the coast) so most of the movie is outside and in glorious sunshine with scenes of beautiful beaches and beach settings. It's almost like being on holiday when you watch this film which is great.
There were some quite funny parts as well, a bit of a comedy caper at times when they have to deal with baddies who want to find the treasure and keep it for themselves and Nigel's daughter also adds to some of the comedy as well.
I did think this film was quite predictable but the same could be said of most romantic comedies but saying that I did like the way it ended, it was quite fitting and rounded the movie off well. Let's just hope there is not a number 2!
A few years ago, my wife and I were lamenting how they don't really make fun adventure films any more, and then along came Sahara, starring Matthew McConaughey as a poor man's Indiana Jones, seeking hidden war artefacts in the desert. Whether or not he had so much fun he sought out a similar venture or not, he virtually repeats the same character mould in this film, Fool's Gold, where he is on an eternal quest for sunken treasure in the Caribbean.
McConaughey plays Finn, a high octane fun loving guy whose marriage to Tess (Kate Hudson) is about to come to an end as all he is concerned with is hunting the £500 million treasure that was rumoured to have sunk in a storm over 200 years previously somewhere off the coast of a small island in the Caribbean. A series of comic events lands Finn and Tess up on the same trail, this time with the aid of millionaire yacht owner Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), whose stroppy bimbo daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena) is around for a couple of weeks.
Add to this Finn's Ukrainian partner Alfonz (Ewen Bremner), old mentor Mo (Ray Winstone) and a gangster rapper by the name of Big Bunny with a couple of hopeless hoodlums, and you have a recipe for success, right? Well, yeah, sort of. It depends what you're looking for. If you want something that's going to challenge your brain for almost 2 hours, with tricky plots and some twists and turns, then turn around now and keep on searching. However, if you want the same amount of time filled with comedy and action/adventure, with complete disregard to how likely anything is, then you've come to the right place.
Fool's Gold takes the winning formula of McConaughey and Hudson from How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and throws them in the water for a couple of hours, pausing every now and then to allow them a few chases and arguments.........as you do! The acting is solid throughout, although a couple of accents needed a bit of work. Winstone was cast as an American, which he seemed to keep forgetting (reminding me of his performance in the latest Indiana Jones film!), and Sutherland was playing a Brit, albeit either overpronounced or with a vague hint of his US accent.
However, the rest of the acting was done well enough to carry this off as an enjoyable comedy adventure film. There are some stunning locations in the Caribbean, and a clever script involving dialogue to make you laugh out loud, which my wife and I did on quite a few occasions. This in particular happened with scenes involving Gemma, as she was rather dappy to say the least. In this respect, Sutherland on acting as the patient father!
There is nothing particularly special about the film. The acting is good enough, the plot is decent, although fallible in many ways, and the film flows very nicely for its duration of just under 1 hour 50 minutes. I enjoyed it all the way through, as it was just fun to watch. I didn't need to concentrate too much, and there were no boring moments, with director Andrew Tennant choosing to keep it flowing and not dwell too much on one scene.
There are some quirky one-liners which added to my enjoyment of the film, and I would say it's not one that is deep enough to really warrant worrying about any extras save a blooper reel, which I imagine would be funny. Sadly, I have a film only DVD, and as such will have to just imagine the hilarity and fun these guys must ahve had on set making this film. It is currently available from amazon.co.uk for around the £5/£6 mark at the moment. Give it a couple of months and it will likely drop to less, or grab a second hand copy from there, which naturally comes in at a cheaper price. Either way, it's definitely one I'd recommend if you just want to watch a fun film that you can relax in front of without worrying about your brain having to do too much.
Sometimes a girl will say she's slowly turning into her mother. Well I guess that's true is you're names Kate Hudson and our mother's Goldie Hawn. That's because Fools Gold is the kind of frothy tosh that her mother starred in back in the day.
After their last pairing was a huge success, Hudson reteams with Matthew McConaughey in this tale of buried treasure.
Tess and Benjamin are an estranged couple who are about to get divorced. Tess has had enough of Benjamin's slacker attitude to life and his pursuit of lost treasure that has eaten up all their money. On an underwater rec, Benjamin comes across remains of a long lost treasure and soon he sees his fortune. But he's needs Tess on board and some financial help from her incredibly rich boss Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland). What ensues is a tale of hijinks as the motley crew battle with a bunch of bad guys also after the loot and try and find the spark in their romance again.
The problem with Fools Gold is that it's nothing new and just retreads a standard format with no new ideas. You want bumbling henchmen - you got it. You want a ridiculous bad guy who offers no threat - you got it. A very rich man with a daughter who likes shopping and nothing else, it's here and guess what? This little treasure escapade brings them together - aww nice.
Sure there's a little bit of chemistry between our two leads but McConaughey now appears to be a real one trick pony, cornering the market in thirty something slackers. Hudson just panders along and the only highlight for me was when she twatted McConaughey with a golf club. Laughs are few and far between for the rest of the film and even the appearance of Ray Winstone as Benjamin's previous employer can't really add much to the preceedings.
Fools Gold is a film full of nothing but pretty scenery, a flash of skin and sunshine but it's just plain lazy and you can see that the suits saw some previous box office figures and thought this would be a cash cow despite the lack of quality in the story.
- The DVD -
I caught this flick on Blu-Ray and I have to say that the film only has one thing going for it. The locations are warm and sunny and stunning, this is well presented in a very striking transfer that is what you'd expect from the burgeoning format.
The 5.1 soundtrack is nothing spectacular, the odd bit of ocean lapping etc but don't expect this to blind your ears with delights.
- Extras -
The extras are short, lacking and really crap. A two-minute gag reel features little in the way of gags meanwhile a brief featurette offers nothing more than some boring soundbites.
If you like looking at Matthews bronzed pecs then by all means go ahead and give this a look. If your're looking for story and something new then look elsewhere.
I loved "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" , I thought it was really funny, it had an interesting story and it had a great cast - I just love Matthew McConaughey and his chemistry with Kate Hudson was just brilliant.
So when I saw "Fools Gold" in my housemates DVD collection, I just had to give it a go. Good Sunday night viewing, easy watching a few laughs, good rom com with lots of chemistry with Kate Hudson and Matthew Mc.C. Right?
Matthew plays Benjamin Finnegan, a sea treasure hunter. At the beginning of the film we see as he escapes death from a group of thugs whom he owes money. Kate plays Tess, the soon to be ex wife of Benjamin. They both have a love for the water, history and treasure hunting. After their divorce, they find themselves both on a luxury boat owned by multimillionaire, Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland)
The two of them end up going on a last treasure hunt along with Honeycutt and his ditzy daughter to uncover the mystery of the 18th Century Queens Dowry.
Will they find it before Benjamin's nemesis do? Will Tess and Benjamin rekindle their romance? Do we really care??!
I cannot begin to explain just how awful I thought this film was, but Ill certainly try.
The first 45 minutes of the film is just "setting the scene", nothing much happens at all except that the characters are set up. It was far too long winded and I was in serious danger of passing out through boredom.
To top this off, there is a rather long episode (which I admit was probably necessary) where Finnegan and Tess tell the story of the Queen's Dowry to the Multimillionaire that is about to finance their adventure. It was dull, dull dull. I think that 45 minutes just to set up the characters and the premise of the story is a bit much. It wasn't exactly taxing on the brain to watch but it certainly wasn't interesting either.
Secondly, not once did I find any humour to this film, there were no funny moments that I can recall, I did not laugh and I did not crack a smile. I frowned a couple of times at the awful and predictable attempts at humour which mainly came from Tess' boss' daughter, Gemma but that was it. It was cheesy, predictable - and sometimes this works in these films - but there was nothing. Nothing at all that was truly funny about this film. Actually, I take that back. There is a rather unusual and disturbing performance played by the (usually) very good actor, Ray Winstone who has THE most horrendous American accent ever heard.
Lastly, and this was most disappointing of all, was the chemistry between Hudson and McConaughey. It was like they were just going through the motions and I in turn felt nothing for them. I'm not sure what happened in their personal lives/acting since the making of "How to lose A Guy" but it seems they had lost any spark there was between them. I really couldn't care less if they managed to rekindle their marriage or if Hudsons character jumped off the boat to be eaten by sharks whilst McConaughey runs off with the millionaires daughter.
The ending of the film sees them involved in lots more action, you would think this would be the point where things start to get interesting, but still, I felt nothing, it was all so predictable, bad guys chasing the good guys, the good guys getting out of sticky situations right at the last minute, there was nothing interesting there at all and my heart certainly wasn't racing with excitement.
Ray Winstone's character makes more of an appearnce in these scenes, so there is more smirks at his appalling accent which helped me get through the final scenes but thats it.
I would have turned the film off after the first 45 minutes, but as I knew I would end up reviewing it (so awful, I just had to!) I watched, completely bored and without even cracking a smile to the end.
One good thing about this - McConaughey has his top off during his second scene on screen. This is about 10 minutes in, so watch til there, then switch off I say.
A complete waste of time overall, admittedly there are some pretty settings (there was something going on behind McConaughey and his beautiful chest anyway) but other than that, appalling acting, ridiculous chase scenes and absoloutely zilch chemistry from the leading actors.