3/23/2008

Movie Review: Fool's Gold

I loved Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, they were able to exude on-screen chemistry almost perfectly. In Fool's Gold, not even 100 years of alchemy can turn their tandem to on-screen gold.

The story is already a staple in treasure-hunt fare-- An intrepid treasure hunter and his brainy flame embark in a journey in search of royal riches, face baddies who are after the same thing, piece together the centuries old puzzle that leads them to the treasure, the baddies reach the treasure to set-up the climactic finale. The heroes win, and take home the treasure. Sounds like most adventure film, huh?

At least director Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) tries to differentiate Fool's Gold by giving more than enough attention to the "rekindling the romance" angle between Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. The focus on this aspect shows two things: the director is deft in incorporating a decent romance thread in to the adventure genre; second, this eventually eats up on the action and adventure the movie should have had.

The producers were probably looking for a gem that would appeal to both males and females in terms of action and romance. What they got was Fool's Gold.


Rating: 1.5/5


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