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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Movie Review: The Bucket List

The Bucket list is an emotional rollercoaster of a movie, but then you kind of know that going into it. An unlikely friendship develops between two men sharing a room while they’re being treated for cancer. Both of them find out their options are expended and have a limited time left, so they embark on a great journey to accomplish everything they’ve put on the list (the list of things to do before they kick the bucket).

I laughed, I cried, I considered making my own list. This is a very moving tale and worth watching no matter what your preferred genre is.


Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star in the comedy drama "The Bucket List," directed by Rob Reiner, a touching, no-holds-barred adventure that shows it's never too late to live life to its fullest. A long time ago, Carter Chambers' (Morgan Freeman) freshman year philosophy professor suggested that his students compose a "bucket list," a collection of all the things they wanted to do, see and experience in life before they kicked the bucket. But while Carter was still trying to define his private dreams and plans, reality intruded.

Marriage, children, myriad responsibilities and, ultimately, a 46-year job as an auto mechanic gradually turned his concept of a bucket list into little more than a bittersweet memory of lost opportunities and a mental exercise he occasionally thought about to pass the time while working under the hood of a car. Meanwhile, corporate billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) never saw a list without a bottom line. He was always too busy making money and building an empire to think about what his deeper needs might be beyond the next big acquisition or cup of gourmet coffee. Then life delivered an urgent and unexpected wake-up call to both of them. Carter and Edward found themselves sharing a hospital room with plenty of time to think about what might happen next--and about how much of that was in their hands.

For all their apparent differences, they soon discovered they had two very important things in common: an unrealized need to come to terms with who they were and the choices they'd made, and a pressing desire to spend the time they had left doing everything they ever wanted to do.

The list wasn't just a mental exercise anymore. It was an agenda. So, against doctor's orders and all good sense, these two virtual strangers check themselves out of the hospital and hit the road together for the adventure of a lifetime--from the Taj Mahal to the Serengeti, the finest restaurants to the seediest tattoo parlors, the cockpit of vintage race cars to the open door of a prop plane--with just a sheet of paper and their passion for life to guide them. Adding and crossing items off their list while taking in the grandeur and beauty of the world, they will grapple with the difficult questions and the even more difficult answers that plague all of us. And, without even realizing it, become true friends. With humor, insight, heart...and a fair amount of attitude. Sometimes you just need a deadline to get your life in gear. --© Warner Bros.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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At 6:27 AM, Blogger Breazy said...

I cannot wait to see this. I love movies like this plus I absolutely love Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, both are tremendous actors. Thanks for the review and I hope your injury is feeling better!

Have a great day!

At 7:51 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

Yes, definately get out and see this one or pick it up as soon as it's available on DVD. :D

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Angie said...

I've never even heard of it, but I would really like to see it. Sounds very awesome!

At 9:44 AM, Blogger lime said...

interesting to read your review. have you read roger ebert's take on it? the guy had fits all over it, mainly attacking it as a cancer survivor himself. i don't put all my faith in 'professional' reviwer's opinions, usually a friend i trust is better than a pro. but it's relaly interesting to contrast the two perspectives on this movie.

At 10:44 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

Oh, it is Angie. I normally don't go for this sort of movie, but...wow. I'm glad I took a chance on it.

I haven't seen his review, Lime. I generally don't follow the pros (with the exception of Cory Cheney who writes for a local paper here) because I've been burned too many times following their suggestions, lol. :D I'll have to read his take on it...

At 11:16 AM, Blogger lime said...

like i said, i don't let the pors be my deciding factor but i do like to read roger ebert. it was just an interesting contrast and as i haven't seen the movie i certainly can't offer an opinion. just that it goes to show how varied people's tastes are, becasue i certainly consider you an intelligent person whose opinion is worth something.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

Ah, you're too kind, Michelle. :D I'm off to read his review...


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