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on 16 July 2012
Having recently been diagnosed with advanced, incurable cancer, I found that I could identify with the characters in the film, as it was very true to life, except that I am a lot younger than they are. I found the film highly amusing, and well acted. Anyone who has had chemotherapy can see the funny side of the side effects, and of course anyone who is "terminal" is advised that if they want to do anything then do it "now". I have my own Bucket List and I hope that I get to visit the pyramids, plus one or two other personal things, before my time is up. Healthy or not, one never knows when one's time will be up, so I advise that everyone write their own "Bucket List" and act apon it now.
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It's really virtually impossible not to like a movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in it.. they add a sense of gravitas to anything they are in - and there is pleasure to be had in watching their contrasting styles spark off each other.
Here, the play two men, both suffering from cancer, sharing a room at a hospital (in a rather contrived set up). After some preamble to fleetingly show that they are actually not well, they create a bucket list - a list of things they want to do before kicking the bucket, and since one of them is rich, set out to work their way through the items, learning about themselves and each other as they go.
It works because the leads are strong, particularly Freeman. Nicholson overplays, but then the writing does call for it. It does stumble however in the script department from time to time... For example, Freeman talking to Nicholson - "You once said you're not everyone. Well, that's true-you're certainly not everyone, but everyone is everyone." It's not exactly Shakespeare. The concept of terminally ill men skydiving, climbing mountains and traveling the world somewhat while barely catching their breath also stretches credibility. Morgan Freeman does his trademark stately voice over, which only serves to remind you of The Shawshank Redemption, and the comparison is not favourable. And while the male bonding is fun to watch and some of the one-liners funny, the warmth of affection Freeman narrates for the Nicholson character never seems quite justified by anything his character does.
Those quibbles aside, it's fun, warm and fuzzy round the edges, has some decent performances, and is short enough not to outlast its welcome. Not a classic, but thumbs up nonetheless.
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on 21 February 2008
We saw this film last night and have to say its the funniest film I have seen in a long time. I came out of the cinema feeling emotionally quite drained. I lost someone close to me though lung cancer and so it touched me on a personal level, as I expect it will for a lot of other people.

It has you laughing out loud through most of the film, the beginning is a bit depressing mainly cos they are finding out they are going to die but that doesn't stop any of the humour it just leaves you feeling odd because you are laughing out loud at two men dying and it doesn't feel right.
This is one film I will definitely be ordering, Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson were fantastic.
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on 17 March 2008
I saw this movie with my wife a short while ago, and we both found it to be a very amusing and thought provoking story. Other reviewers have given a precis of the story, but would just like to add what joy to see two of the finest screen actors at the top of their game - a masterclass on how to deliver the goods. Hard to believe that both will soon be 71 years old. Go see.
(PS. I'm off the make my own bucket list.)
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on 11 July 2008
I settled down to watch this expecting slap stick fun with a thrown together script and production. What I actually got was a thought provoking piece with some outstanding performances and a slick professional feel. The writing is superior and you'll come away having been taken on an emotional rollercoaster you wont soon forget.
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'The Bucket List' is a film showing two masters of their art in fine form. Both Nicholson and Freeman manage to pull off the perfect mix of comedy and poignancy in this film without becoming too cheesy or schmaltzy. The premise is actually very simply (2 terminally ill patients working their way through their own Bucket list) but manages to capture their relationships, fears about dying, philosophy about life and more besides in it's short but very sweet 90 minutes. I was kept thoroughly engaged the whole time and enjoyed every minute as they worked their way through a variety of experiences, from sky diving, getting a tattoo, to kissing the most beautiful girl in the world and a whole host of other things. This made for a fun film, with the right elements of humour and sadness and made a serious point about relishing your life without hammering the point home. It left me wondering about what experiences I've yet to try and with an all round good feeling. You can't ask much more from a film really. Great story, great acting and well worth a try.

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on 2 November 2011
Like Six Degrees Of Separation and Catch - 22 before it, The Bucket List grabbed a place in the zeitgeist by identifying and naming a phenomenon that resonated with numerous people. Even when they hadn't seen the film, the term "bucket list" became a popular way for people to describe the exotic things they wanted to experience before dying. It's just a shame that this movie didn't enjoy the same kind of widespread awareness as the phrase.

It starts out a little slow, as the story takes it's time establishing the characters of Carter (Morgan Freeman), a jovial mechanic with a brain full of trivia, and Edward (Jack Nicholson), a surly billionaire with a love of good coffee, who meet in neighbouring hospital beds while fighting terminal cancer. We stay in this setting for over 30 minutes, developing these characters. It's when they get to the actual bucket-listing that the film starts to speed up, alternating between broad comedy and slushy sentiment.

Carter and Edward's jet-setting is thrown together haphazardly, serving only as an arbitrary background for their conversations about life and philosophy. (And it's quite a flimsy background -- Freeman and Nicholson are clearly acting against green screens, rather than real settings.)

This all leads up to a little twist at the end, that although is not on the same level as The Sixth Sense , it was nice to be put in there to stop the film being super predicable and it will definitely make you say "aw".

With the very few shortcomings aside, it's a consistent treat to watch these two acting treasures working together. The usually saintly Freeman is permitted to show human weakness, and does so well; the always mischievous Nicholson gets to indulge in more of the same, tossing in a few tugged heartstrings for good measure.

The Bucket List is not earth shattering or even that memorable for any particular reason, but it will make you feel good and sad at the same time and I think that is what the film makers set out to do. Although I don't recommend that this film should make it to the top of your bucket list I do think it is worth a look.
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VINE VOICEon 26 July 2008
This tells the story of two terminally ill men, one a self made billionaire, the other a humble garage mechanic. They find themselves sharing a hospital side room as they undergo treatment for multiple cancer. Both are aware that they will die. They decide to compose a "bucket list" i.e. a list of things they wish to do before they die, or "kick the bucket", hence its title. These things range from sky diving to visiting the pyramids. The extreme wealth of the billionaire helps them live out these dreams.

The film certainly does not pull any punches, and does not take the subject matter lightly. The horrors of cancer treatment are shown in harrowing light. In one scene, the characters are shown vomiting violently in response to chemotherapy, in another, Jack Nicholson examines the scar line in his skull following an attempt to remove a brain tumour. This makes the film much more than just a feel good story, it reminds us that there is a serious subject matter too.

The acting from both Nicholson and Freeman is mesmeric. Furthermore, there is an ingenious and memorable script, that really gets the viewer thinking. There are a number of truly tender moments as well, although these are never over done.

All in all, the film is a wonderful thing to watch. Whilst the ending is fairly predictable, the journey in between is fascinating and uplifting. Strongly recommended.
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on 15 July 2013
A GREAT MOVIE WITH 2 OF HOLLYWOOD GREATS-JACK NICHOLSON HEAD OF A COMPANY WITH POTS OF MONEY BEHIND HIM AND MORGAN FREEMAN A HUMBLE CAR MECHANIC WITH A PENCHANT FOR QUIZZES.THEY FIRST MEET IN A HOSPITAL WARD TO UNDERGO SURGERY FOR CANCER TREATMENT.JACK NICHOLSON IS RESENTFUL OF MORGAN FREEMAN FROM A RACIST POINT OF VIEW BUT AS THE DAYS GO ON AND THEY ARE TOGETHER HE MELLOWS AND THEY BECOME CLOSE FRIENDS.FREEMAN BEGINS TO CREATE A BUCKET LIST OF THINGS HE WANTS TO DO BEFORE HE PASSES ON AND NICHOLSON JOINS HIM IN SKY DIVING,SEEING THE MOST MAJESTIC VIEWS IN THE WORLD,VISITING THE PYRAMIDS OF EGYPT AND THE TAJ MAHAL AND DATING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD.HERE BLU RAY COMES INTO FULL FORCE WITH THE SHARP GRAPHICS OF THE PLACES THEY VISIT AND YOU EXPERIENCE THE JOY AND FULFILLMENT THESE EXPERIENCES BRING.THE ENDING IS SAD AND WILL BRING TEARS TO THE EYES BUT YOU REALISE THE TWO FRIENDS HAVE ACHIEVED WHAT THEY SET OUT TO DO AND DEPART WITH GRACE AND TOTAL JOY.THIS IS A FILM TO MAKE YOU CONSIDER YOUR LIFE AND SAY HOW DO YOU MEASURE IT? AND AS THE NARRATOR SAYS AT THE VERY BEGINNING OVER THE VIEWS OF THE HIMALAYAS THAT EVERYONE MEASURES THEIR LIVES IN DIFFERENT WAYS.THIS IS A FILM I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND STILL FIND SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO PONDER ABOUT.SO IF YOU HAVENT ALREADY WATCHED THE BUCKET LIST DO SO YOU WILL FIND THIS AN ENLIGHTENING EXPERIENCE.
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'Morgan Freeman' ( plays-Carter Chambers) and 'Jack Nicholson' ( plays-Edward Cole) both deservedly Screen-Legends, and as such deserve a great script to work with, in my opinion this film 'ticks' all the boxes.
'Jack' plays the part of a Billionaire, who can and has through his life do just about anything he wants, but in reality his life is empty.
'Morgan' plays the part of a 'motor mechanic' who has devoted his adult life to bringing up a loving family.
The two meet in 'Hospital' both have 'cancer' and share a room, this seemingly odd combination find friendship, knowing their days are numbered.
They compile a list of things they wished they could have done through their lives ( The Bucket-List ) and set out on a 'last' adventure together, will they be able to complete it ?
Most importantly in the time they have left, can they both find the peace they seek.
This film shows some of the many sides that can and does effect people with this horrific illness, however as well as the emotional and sad roller-coaster ride there is also much humour in the film.
'Jack Nicholson' and 'Morgan Freeman' have a great 'on-screen' chemistry between them.
It is without question a film 'worth' watching.
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