A Bucket List: is a list of things to do before one dies that one didn't get a chance to do while alive and, well, well enough to do them. Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, now there's a combination you no doubt thought you'd never see on the silver screen. But here they are nonetheless in 2007's The Bucket List.
Directed by Rob Reiner (Stand By Me, The American President, Alex & Emma) The Bucket List opens in an automobile garage of all places, as Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman ~ Glory, Million Dollar Baby, Lucky Number Slevin) explains life to one of his associates as they fix an car. That is until Carter feels a silly little pain where that shouldn't be one.
Cut to Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson ~ Ragtime, Ironweed, The Departed) the CEO of a hospital corporation who is in the middle of a board meeting when he collapses and is taken to one of his hospitals and roomed with Carter. Seems both men are suffering from cancer and after all of the tests are done and operations performed neither man is given long to live.
So Carter starts to create a bucket list, but then throws it away, and Edward retrieves it and highly recommends they fulfill the items on the list much to consternation of Carter's wife Virginia (Beverly Todd ~ Lean on Me, Six Feet Under). But, Carter who gave up much to raise his family decides to do something for himself and off the two go.
The Bucket List is a heartwarming, light hearted movie that is both great fun and sad to watch unfold. Both Freeman and Nicholson turning in heartwarming mild and genuine performances that frankly I didn't believe Nicholson had in him.
These two are no Grumpy Old Men, Carter with his seeming knowledge of everything acts as a tour guide, while Edward spreads his tacky though buoyant, bravado even as he picks up the tab for jaunts around the world from the Pyramids to the Taj Mahal, from sky-diving to high performance car racing.
But of course this is a movie and happy ending are expected, nay demanded, so the very messy and complex quandary's the two find themselves in are resolved with Hollywood ease. But, for some reason it doesn't matter because when the final curtain fell, The Bucket List did what is was supposed to do, entertain.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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