The Bucket List

January 20, 2008 at 1:14 am (Movies)


(9.75/10.00) When he closed his eyes, his heart was opened; this destined to be classic line is spoken at the beginning and end of the movie, the second time carrying so much more weight. A bucket list is a list of things to do before you kick the bucket, and I think seeing this movie should be one of them. This movie, entitled “The Bucket List”, brings across a strong message, but also brings along several others, all while delivering a hilarious, heartfelt, and fun experience. The movie starts with a superb note, including Morgan Freeman delivering a narration speaking of Edward Cole, and his journeys in the last days of his life, all the while as we see a man climbing a tall mountain. But our story starts much sooner. Carter Chambers, played excellently by Morgan Freeman, is a mechanic with lots of knowledge who discovers that he has cancer. His counterpart throughout most of the movie, Edward Cole, played by the Joker himself, Jack Nicholson, is a hospital chain owner who also finds out he is desperately ill. They end up in the same hospital room, both taking their illnesses different ways, Edward being a depressed patient, while Carter takes it as calm and cool as possible. They later learn that they have about 6 months left, and despite Mrs. Chambers’ warnings, they decide to take and fulfill their own “Bucket List”. They go on through fantastic adventures, enjoying every step of their adventure, including the hilarious sky-diving sequence which made every person in the theater over 50 (nearly everyone but myself) laugh until it hurt, Edward getting a tattoo and Carter not even wanting “a black Jesus”, and several other things most dream about. Although fulfilling the bucket list was fun, the beginning and end of the movie was my favorite, and probably the most powerful parts of the movie. The performances by Freeman and Nicholson really convey the age and wisdom needed for the roles, and after watching the film, I was convinced they were the best for the job. A warning to the younger, this movie does contain some harsh language, so the younger kids may want to skip this one, take them to go see Alvin and the Chipmunks again. But as for older and more mature, this is a perfect fit for anyone who wants a great, funny movie, perfect for a great afternoon at the movies. I loved this movie, and despite some rough patches in the middle, it was a great pick. I definitely look forward to picking this up on the extra bonus edition 2-disc DVD set. I can’t say enough good things about this movie, so do yourself a favor and watch it. I loved this movie, and if you’re looking for a good, funny, tear-jerking buddy movie, this is the perfect fit.  



  1. dragonshensi said,

    Top 5 best movies ever!

  2. The James said,

    sounds good….but I dont think I want to see it if it has harsh laungage.

  3. earlman27 said,

    Well, the language is one reason it got a 9.75, but I mean it never gets so bad you want to leave. It’s still a great movie that you should watch.

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