Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Bucket List

The Bucket List is a 2007 comedy-drama film written by Justin Zackham, directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd, and Rob Morrow. The story follows two terminally ill men (Nicholson and Freeman) on a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they "kick the bucket."

The Bucket List was a very heartwarming movie. I thought that The Bucket List had so much meaning to it. Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson worked so amazing together. Morgan Freeman probably did his best job he has ever done before. He didn't over act or anything like that, he did everything so perfect. Jack Nicholson did a great job as well. He always plays a great part in every movie he plays in. I loved some of the ideas they put in the bucket list. It was a very sad story. The story was so good though, having two men dying of cancer and just wanting to live their last few months to the fullest. The two men's last dying wishes are to make a bucket list. What the two men want to do is everything that they never had a chance to and they want to do before they die. It was great acting and had some great messages in it.

When I saw the trailer I knew I had to get the DVD. I sat down to watch this movie I was surprised to find how well done it actually was. I loved that the horribly serious moments were spotted with humor and vice versa, but what I loved more was the messages behind the movie, a lesson believe we have all forgotten to learn, but its the moments of its simplest innocence that make it so profound, whether it be when Jack Nicholson is discussing his daughter, or finally knocking on her door, to the moment of Morgan Freeman's family dinner, to when he's nervously fidgeting in his room while waiting for his wife to come, the innocence and the simplicity of these characters shows through making them that much more endearing, for though we may not know what its like to be dying of some illness, most of us can relate in some way to one of those moments. That is why this movie is simply amazing, it takes the most cliché plot line, most overused characters and makes them human again, and make them relatable to its audience. This movie is amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone.

The "Bucket List"

1. Witness something truly majestic
2. Help a complete stranger for a common good
3. Laugh till I cry
4. Drive a Shelby Mustang
5. Kiss the most beautiful girl in the world
6. Get a tattoo
7. Skydiving
8. Visit Stonehenge
9. Spend a week at the Louvre
10. See Rome
11. Dinner at La Cherie d'Or
12. See the Pyramids
13. Get back in touch (previously "Hunt the big cat")
14. Visit Taj Mahal, India
15. Hong Kong
16. Victoria Falls
17. Serengeti
18. Ride the Great Wall of China

Edward delivers a eulogy at his funeral, explaining that he and Carter had been complete strangers mere months before his death, but that the last three months of Carter's life were the best three months of his (Edward's) life. He then crosses "help a complete stranger for a common good" off the list. This list item was one that Carter added. Edward says Carter had helped him (Edward), a complete stranger, with Carter knowing it before he (Edward) did. We see Edward finally attempt to reconcile with his daughter. Much to his surprise and joy, she not only accepts him back into her life but also introduces him to the granddaughter he never knew he had. After greeting his granddaughter with a kiss on the cheek, Edward crosses "kiss the most beautiful girl in the world" off the list.

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