Movie Review – The Bucket List – Happysad

The Bucket List

Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

This is a movie I only heard about after the phrase “Bucket List” swept the Internet recently, a list of things you must do before you kick the bucket – nice eh?

It’s a movie about two old codgers played by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson respectively.

A sad and touching story with a spot of humour and lot about acceptance and human character, it’s sad in some ways happy in others.

Some of the places they visit are truly spectacular, majestic to say the least and the filming of the locations is poignant and moving.

The dialogue between the two main characters is great, Carter played by Morgan Freeman – the downtrodden working class man who had never achieved his aspiration of becoming a history teacher and Cole played by the Nicholson – the flashy, rich, pushy and flamboyant business man.

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in The Bucket List

Two quite opposite characters that end up getting along very well. Jack Nicholson tends to play very large characters, often larger than life and this one is no different. He manages to not overplay it too much though and Freeman balances it out with a steady performance through-out.

It’s not the kind of movie I’d generally watch, it’s a bit soppy but it is quite well done. I’d suggest giving it a watch if you want a break from all the fast paced action, cheesy comedy and superhero movies we’ve been seeing lately.

I’d give it a worth a watch 6.5/10.

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3 Responses to Movie Review – The Bucket List – Happysad

  1. Huai Bin August 13, 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    Hey, I’ve heard a lot of good things about this movie from my boss but haven’t had a chance to do it yet. Apparently, it’s quite motivational – live every day as if it’s your very last stuff.

    I’ve gotta catch this one.

  2. wombok August 14, 2008 at 11:50 am #

    10/10 for Kopi Luwak.

  3. ShaolinTiger August 18, 2008 at 4:28 am #

    Huai Bin: It’s definitely motivational yah, live your life to the max!

    wombok: Er ok.