The Bucket List (2007)
Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) is a corporate billionaire who makes money by privatizing hospitals. Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) is a humble car mechanic with a loving extensive family. Carter and Edward having nothing in common so when they are forced to spend an extended period of time together in the same hospital room things start out a bit rocky. Both however are being treated for cancer and their ups and downs dealing with their terminal illnesses creates and unexpected bond. Before they die they decide to live life a little and complete a bucket list of things they have always wanted to do before dying. As the work their way through the list they become more than just friends and they show each out there is more to life than either of them originally thought. Also starring Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd, Rob Morrow, Alfonso Freeman, Rowena King, Ian Anthony Dale, Jennifer Defrancisco.
The Bucket List is one of those middle of the road feel good films that is completely matter of taste because there really isn’t anything spectacular about it but there is nothing awful about it either. I remember watching this film when it first came out and thinking “eh” whats the big deal. Nearly 7 years later I have to admit that it has a slightly different tone to it because I am looking at it from a new perspective. Sure not that much time has passed but enough to make me appreciate the story a bit more and the meaning it has to specific generations. Acting wise, both Nicholson and Freeman have had better movies for sure but their performances aren’t bad here just mediocre. There isn’t much more to say, overall the film is a bit flimsy and doesn’t pull hard enough at your heart-strings to make it a real emotional film and therefore not a movie that will really have a last effect on you. Don’t get me wrong it does have a sentimental side to it. It’s just that I have seen better films with a more emotional notes than this one. Still if you have nothing else that you are hankering to watch, or are a Morgan Freeman groupie then pick this one up for a quick watch.
6/10 Stars – Not an exciting movie but has a good message that the older generation will definitely appreciate more than a younger one will.
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