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The Bucket List (2007)

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The Bucket List (2007)


Jack Nicholson
Morgan Freeman

Directed by Rob Reiner

I don’t think cancer should be something to joke about, not to mention making a laugh off movie on. I also don’t think death should be something to be made fun of. But regardless of what I think, The Bucket List is a movie I enjoyed seeing when it first came out in 2007 and I still sat through it laughing when I saw it again in 2015.

The cast for me where a golden pair. The story could have been better though, but then when you look at the events in the movie and the unfortunate way the two leads (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) met, you cannot help but laugh.

After the film the term Bucket List, has come to stay in the English dictionary, so if you are wondering where the term came from, there you go.

The movie didn’t start off great, the introduction of the leads, could have been given a grander gesture, but the director went for a subtle intro of Morgan and a loud and obnoxious intro of Jack. The director’s aim (so plain for the eyes to see) was to make you feel a form of sympathy to one and a nagging dislike of the other.

The movie’s plot was based on these two guys, Carter Chambers (Freeman) and Edward Cole (Nicholson). Both has cancer and have been given less than a year to live.

Sad and down, wishing they could get more out of their lives, they decided to go on a once in a lifetime trip with a list of the things they would want to do before they die.

In the end, you will either hate it or love it, but this was a good film. Although it was received with mixed reviews and Roger Ebert not liking the film because as a cancer patient himself, he didn’t fancy the idea that his ailment was made to seem like a laugh off.
The movie is a keeper for the fans of both leads and it was a financial success by its own rights. If I come across this movie again on cable, I will be sitting tight to give it another twirl.
It was fun seeing what these old guys were up to, now that they know they have but a few months to live, if it were me or if it were you, the question I will like to ask is:

Would you also not have liked to go out with a bang?


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