The Bucket List [Blu-ray] starring    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman                                  A ClassicYou measure...
far from thought. The two leads give impressive performances, and remindthe viewer of just how few American films focus on...
here, instead it is mainly thought-provoking, amusing and in many waysuplifting.The extras on the DVD include something I ...
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  1. 1. The Bucket List [Blu-ray] starring Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman A ClassicYou measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you,says the quietly wise Carter Chambers, played with gravitas and grace bya Morgan Freeman. In Rob Reiners moving, often hilarious film The BucketList, all sorts of people measure themselves against the two heroes,Chambers and his hospital suitemate, Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson). Butas Cole finds, having spent his entire life building a Fortune 500 company,none of that much matters when cancer, the great equalizer, pays a visit.The film traces the adventures of the two unlikely friends, who meet in ahospital cancer ward, each given six months to live. The bucket list of thetitle refers to a lifelong list of goals that a teacher of Chambers onceadvised him to compile--and achieve--before you kick the bucket. Soon thetwo are off on what may be the last grand adventure of their life, vowing totick off as many goals (skydiving, race-car driving, seeing the wonders ofthe world) as they can in the time they have left. What starts as a medicalmelodrama becomes a road trip, yet the mens mortality realities are never
  2. 2. far from thought. The two leads give impressive performances, and remindthe viewer of just how few American films focus on the lives and loves ofsenior citizens. Nicholson even manages to lose his persona in hischaracter, much as he did in About Schmidt. Theres a lovely John Mayertune, Say (What You Need to Say), thats perfectly matched to the filmsclear-eyed view of life: What does one person leave behind as his truelegacy? --A.T. HurleyTwo men in their seventies from utterly different backgrounds share thesame hospital room in LA - and they both have forms of cancer that givethem less than a year to live. When both go into remission they set off onan odyssey of indulgence doing things that they had always wanted to do,but had until now neither the time or opportunity to realise such dreams.When you have two of Hollywoods most talented senior statesmen workingaround a story as touching as this combined with such expert direction andproduction design, its almost inevitable that the result is a treat, for that iswhat it turned out to be. Nicholson plays an atheistic billionairebusinessman, often married but with little to smile about even before hismedical diagnosis. Freeman plays a God-fearing car-mechanic with aclose and loving family whose only regret is a life-long frustration at notachieving the heights he once aspired to as a young man, havingunselfishly put his familys security before his own desires. Nicholsonprovides most of the cynical black humour, Freeman the loyalty to his wife,religious faith and righteous philosophies. Its billed as a comedy drama butits more than that; in fact it can be almost anything the viewer wants it tobe, because I would suggest that different people seeing this film will takedifferent meanings and memories away with them, depending on theirpoint of view. The title of the film is not attractive but it is to the point: thesetwo men draw up a list of wild or wonderful things to do before they kickthe bucket. In some way its a mini epic inasfar as the geographic span thefilm covers, because although the first half-hour or so is spent in a smallhospital room, much of the rest is spent skydiving, racing cars andtravelling to the south of France, the Pyramids of Egypt, on safari inTanzania, at the Taj Mahal in India, up Mount Everest in Nepal, along theGreat Wall of China and eventually in Hong Kong. Each location waschosen so that one or other of the two men could face up to a specificfacet of life, and as one of them comments at the beginning and again atthe end, the short time they spent together was a greater adventure thanmost experience in a whole lifetime.It is, of course, just a story for the purpose of entertainment but I thoughtthere were plenty of issues to make us all ponder about our own mortality,and perhaps in particular the two things we should aim for while we arehere: to have joy in our lives, and to bring joy into the lives of those aroundus. Its easy to be as cynical about such ideals as Nicholsons character isabout love, money and religion but if you accept it, keep an open mind,then there is plenty of joy to be taken out of this film. Despite the ostensiblysad subject - terminal cancer - there is actually very little sadness itself
  3. 3. here, instead it is mainly thought-provoking, amusing and in many waysuplifting.The extras on the DVD include something I personally have never seenbefore - a full-length re-run of the whole film with regular post-it style noteson screen providing snippets of information about the actors real lives, thelocations, the special effects and much more. It was so interesting I justhad to watch this film again immediately after the first run, and I cantremember the last time I had a DVD and felt willing and able to do that!Indeed I dont often give out the full 5 stars for DVDs but in this instance Ihave no hesitation. Its a gem and will live long in the memory.In summary: a funny, moving and intelligently written film that entertains inmany different ways. Worth buying, not just renting, as you might want tosee it several times. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The Bucket List [Blu-ray] starring Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!

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