Monday, November 17, 2008

Watch Before Kicking the Bucket

You only live once, so why not go out in style? That's what two cancer-ward roommates, an irascible billionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a scholarly mechanic (Morgan Freeman), decide when they get the bad news. They compose a bucket list -- things to do before you kick the bucket -- and head off for the around-the-world adventure of their lives. Sky-dive? Check. Power a Shelby Mustang around a racetrack? Check. Gaze at the Great Pyramid of Khufu? Check. Discover the joy in their lives before it's too late? Check!

Under the nimble direction of Rob Reiner, the two great star provide the heart and soul, wit and wiles of this inspired salute to life that proves that the best time of all is right now.
Title: The Bucket List
Release: December 25, 2007
Genre: Comedy-Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Writer: Justin Zackham
Director: Rob Reiner
Music By: Marc Shaiman
Produced By: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Travis Knox, & Justin Zackham
Distributed By: Warner Bros.
Run Time: 97 minutes
Official Site

The same year that both legendary Oscar winning actors Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman turned 70 years old, they appeared in their first film together The Bucket List. The drama-comedy garnered mixed reviews when it first came out especially by renowned critic Roger Ebert who was disgusted at the way cancer is treated as a "laff riot". However, there were quite a few people that liked the film and it's epiphany that you should live in the moment, no matter how clich├ęd that is.

I've always liked Nicholson but Morgan Freeman is one of my favorite actors so I had very high hopes for the film- thankfully, it didn't disappoint! I laughed and I cried, and then I laughed some more. As great as these two actors are, I was almost expecting one to outshine the other but there is a good reason why both men are Academy award winners. They play off of each other very well and Sean Hayes was a really good edition to the cast too.

Would I have liked this film half as much if Freeman had been replaced with another actor of a lesser caliber? Probably not but it came as of no shock at all that he was first choice for the part. Could it have been better? Of course! There were tons of beautiful locations that were just green-screened to save time and money plus the cavalier attitude about dying while it made some people think, it made others angry but what it boils down to at the end is that The Bucket List was a good movie. Rather than about dying, it was ironically, an aspiring film about living.

Links: Wikipedia,, ReelzChannel
Interview: With Jack Nicholson (text), Morgan Freeman on Letterman (video)



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  1. I really want to see this one. It sounds like an inspirational film in some ways. Like you, I am quite fond of Morgan Freeman and I do like Jack Nicholson.

  2. I've had this one on my shelf for awhile now... I really want to watch it but I just know Im going to bawl like a baby. Morgan Freeman is such an excellent actor!

  3. Wendy Feline: It is an inspirational film! I think Morgan Freeman is the best actor. It's hard to believe he's actually 71 years old now.

    Wendy: I can just about guarantee the water works but there are a lot of funny parts too! Hope you enjoy it.

  4. I don't plan to watch this one...too sad.

  5. I cried like a baby during this film. It's been a while since I cried like that over a movie. I love Morgan Freeman. I agree, it is a moving about living...the part where he 'kissed the most beautiful girl in the world' omg. I lost it.

    And I love that song!

  6. I meant to write 'it is a movie about living'

  7. I haven't seen this one but love both actors involved and can relate to wanting to "live before we die"... it's something we all deserve!

  8. J. Kaye: It was sad but there were a lot of funny parts too! Sheer magic watching these two legends work together.

    Naida: I did too. I think hubby might have cried if he wasn't too busy trying to get me to stop lol.

    DesLily: It's worth a watch! I have to admit though, watching them playing dying men made me realize just how old they are... they might not be around too much longer :(

  9. My parents raved about this movie and so I dragged my husband to it. He did not want to go. Both of us loved it!

  10. I saw this on my last plane trip and I was bawling. I know it was manipulative, but I enjoyed it anyway :)

  11. Natasha: My mom really liked it but I honestly can't remember if she told me to watch it or if I told her!

    Lenore: I knew I should have seen it coming but I was so caught up in the movie that I didn't. Yeah... I don't think it's the best film to see on an airplane if you want your mascara intact when you land lol!

  12. I really enjoyed this movie, though it turned out to be sadder and more of a drama than I thought it would be. I thought it would be a comedy of sorts. It does make me want to make a Bucket List though.

  13. We liked The Bucket List too. Anything that makes you think about what you value in life is good, if you ask me.



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