Review of “The Bucket List” (2007) PG-13 93min
January 14th, 2008 by Maxim · 3 Comments · 7,334 Views
The plot: two terminally ill old men (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nickolson) in the cancer ward of the hospital owned by Jack Nickolson character decide to write a list of all the things they’d like to do before they die. Then they escape the the hospital to actually go on the road trip to see the world and do everything on that list.
Directed by Rob Reiner. Written by Justin Zackham.
The good: it’s a story of two completely different people that don’t like each other in the beginning, but their sickness is something that they share in common and something that sparks friendship. The story is wonderful in the sense that it tells what dying people go through when they fight terminal illness and what they are prepared to do to feel good about themselves and how they want to be remembered after they die. Morgan Freeman is always amazing and brilliant. Funny at times. Skydiving shot and Egeptian pictures were awesome.
The bad: Jack Nickolson was playing a grumpy and sick old man in a way that is no different from how he played his role in “As Good As It Gets”. I wondered if they are the same character. It felt to me that the actors, although they all are very talented, were forced by the director to play the way he wanted and bound them in claustrophobic environment of the not-so-strong script. Too pitiful. So much so that almost all of the jokes drowned in the pity and melancholy.
Other movies: Some 12 years I saw an absolutely brilliant 1994 Canadian/German film called “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”. American audience may not be familiar with it, but it was huge in Europe. You may find it in your local library. It’s a story of two young guys dying from brain tumors, who escape from the hospital ward on the road trip to see the sea before they die on a stolen car that happened to have bag full of money in it, and two Turks, the owners of the money, are chasing them. Problem is the two sick guys will be dead soon, so there’s nothing gangsters can do to them. The chase and the humor is what made this movie so exciting. The Bucket List would be a third rate movie compared to it.
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