You know that feeling when you walk out of a movie and think "God, that was just such a great film"? It takes a lot for me to think that... especially when it's a movie about two men who have cancer... but this movie really did it for me, as well as everyone else in the theater. I saw the movie at its first ever screening in Pasadena and it was just wonderful... even with temp music and unfinished visual effects! Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman were truly amazing together - it's a film about cancer, and yet the two were able to balance the comedy and the drama of the <more>
script in such the perfect way that the audience loved every moment of the movie. The script was quite original, which was such a breath of fresh air, and the acting couldn't have been any better. I would recommend this film to anyone and everyone - as it was such a feel-good movie that made you both laugh and cry at the same time - something you don't come across too often. Not only did the audience applaud the movie at the end, but EVERY single viewer who stayed to give comments agreed that the movie was "Excellent"... I can't imagine how often that happens. I'd be surprised if this movie isn't up for some Oscar or another come next year.
Put two Brilliant Actors together and what can you expect (by nowego)
A simple premise done magically is all I can say about this movie.Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson are by far and away two of my favourite actors. Jack Nicholson is just funny, no matter what he says or does, ever since Terms of Endearment he has made me laugh so hard that I cry and Morgan Freeman is just the best actor going around. I find it hard to remember a bad movie that he has done.Probably not everyone will like this movie but it is definitely up there with the best feel good/sad movies that I have seen....and it has a moral that most of us miss in our hectic, live for the now short <more>
lives.This is going to be up there with the best at the Oscars in 2008.It will make you laugh and cry all at once...it did me.
I, like you probably, love the movies. I want to laugh, cry , be scared, be informed. I love every genre. But only three films have made me sob. Maybe it is where I am in life right now. I am no spring chicken, but this film moved me like no other. Is it the best film ever? No. Neither were the other two that made me sob. For the record they were "Men Don't Leave", and "My Life". This is a better film than both of those fine films.The operative word is sob.I have certainly shed a tear or two at countless films. You get a dedicated teacher and a bunch of misfit <more>
students, you'll get a tear out of me. You throw some adversity at an athlete or a team that overcomes it you'll probably see a tear as well, but this film just struck a chord. Not everyone who sees it will feel this way. I know that, but Nicholson is so damned brilliant as is Freeman. It is a joy to watch their characters for a little over 90 minutes, and the message, well, I hope it hits you as it did me. I wanted to go hug everyone that means anything to me. Sure the film has some flaws, but Reiner and company are to be commended. Thanks for opening up some feelings that I have spent years learning to hide. For the record I laughed a fair amount as well. Go see this film.
I was glad to catch this movie before it's release date here in Canada, so I know to tell all my friends and family, and anyone I can possibly reach to go see this movie.Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman put on a terrific performance, playing two cancer patients who only have a year to live. They both decide to make a "Bucket List", a list of events they never accomplished in their lives. This list ranged from kissing the prettiest lady in the world to patching up the problems with their family.The performances of this movie was phenomenal, but what really made this movie unique <more>
was the writing. We have all seen movies with a similar plot like in The Holiday when Queen Latifa spends all her money living like a Queen because she only has a few months to live. But instead the Bucket List is unique because it wasn't that completing this list made their last year worth living, it was the fact that the writers focused on the chemistry of these two men and how their friendship increased while completing this list.The witty dialog, the brilliant writing and the great performance really made this movie a post-Christmas treat.9/10
heart warming story of friendship-strong male performances (by jewbearjosh)
On new years day, 2008, I saw the film "The Bucket List." It was not my first choice of a film that I wanted to see. To be honest, however, I probably would not have enjoyed any of the films that I would have chosen more. This film is very well done. I liked the screenplay, by Justin Zackham. I liked the direction, by the real talented Rob Reiner. And I was very impressed by the acting. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman did a superb job, playing two dying old guys who befriend each other, and together have the adventure of their lives. The film is very good. The plot involves this <more>
hospital owner-Edward Cole-who is dying from cancer, and another cancer victim-Carter Chambers-who meets Cole while getting treatment at the same hospital. After they both find out that they each have only a few months to live, they agree to travel together all over the globe, and follow this list of tasks. They call it the bucket list.Nicholson gives a real touching performance as Ed Cole. He plays Cole funny, sad, stubborn, angry, strong, fearless, and loud. Morgan gives an equally touching performance as C. Chambers. He plays Chambers smart, cool, romantic, funny, fearless, and emotional. Both men are very moving in this film. They are great sharing the screen. I really enjoyed watching them play scenes together. It was for me a real treat. These guys, Nicholson and Freeman, are two of our finest actors. And this film is no exception.Even though "The Bucket List" is a small film about friendship, and the meaning of truly living, I do not recommend it for the preteens. There are some very adult scenes. However, families with teenagers will enjoy seeing it together.Josh Weinman
This is another feel good movie that has left me with a smile. Im 18 and I'm Male and I don't really tend to watch these sorts of movies but when I was told it was worth it I had to see what the fuss was about.Going into this movie I thought it would be Comedy Orinetated and given the trailer I watched it had a lot of classic funnies material, but when the credits rolled I would have had the same smile on my dial as if it was a comedy. Don't get me wrong there were a lot of funny parts, but as mentioned above I was HeartwarmedThis isn't a movie Just for women, I would <more>
recommend this to couples looking for an Entertaining evening.Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman both Outstanding actors had amazing chemistry together and it seemed like they were Best Friends LONG before the filming of this movie commenced.Morgan Freeman made a remark in the film "We were supposed to write down things we wished to achieve before we kicked the bucket, and i wrote things like Earn a Million Dollars and Be The First Black President." I thought this line was Ironic Because he clearly has earned 1 Million Dollars and he was a black President in Deep Impact.
A Magnificent Story About Friendship (by desiplaya)
Usually I'm not into these kinds of movies, but with the casting of Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman I had to see it. I'm really glad that I decided to give this a try.The story is quite predictable, but I still enjoyed it. Never mind how impossible the storyline is because it is a great movie about friendship - how two men become great friends in a short time and help each other out throughout the time they are together. It moves along at a smooth pace and I never got bored, so the writer gets credit for that. The acting was top notch as Nicholson and Freeman draw forth the right <more>
emotion in the audience at the right time. The emotional parts are done just right, but the funny scenes are the best. I laughed throughout the movie but not as much as I would in a true comedy movie, but the comic scenes in this one really work and Nicholson is the "main man" in them. It does have a message at the end about how you should live your life to the fullest, how your family is important, and how you should be happy in life and the movie delivers that message perfectly.Other than the predictable storyline and the sometimes cheesy dialog, the movie is great. I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a feel-good movie.8/10
Rob Reiner's best film since the turn of the millennium (by Davor-Blazevic-1959)
Lovely, thoroughly enjoyable movie with lots of nice words and thoughts exchanged, some to make you laugh, some pretty profound to make you ponder on. Who would've ever thought that a story about two dying men could be such fun. Edward Cole Jack Nicholson and Carter Chambers Morgan Freeman , so far complete strangers, with rather different economic and social backgrounds billionaire hospital magnate and body shop mechanic , both terminally ill, thus inevitably at closing stages of their earthly lives, meet and, in order to try to experience things from their "bucket list" a <more>
list of things to do before one "kicks the bucket", i.e. dies before the final curtain falls, embark on nothing less than an amazing journey. Although age-wise much too "developed" for many youthful activities they engage themselves in, and despite their individual differences, however sufficiently open-minded and open-hearted, two protagonists, through their earnest performances and their great interaction easily draw us into their well believable story with single fantastic twist at the end... spoiler ... realization that rather than through eyes of the still surviving one, the story was told from the mind of his ensuing spirit , whether constantly putting smile on our face or tears to our eyes, ergo covering well, for us viewers one of listed items, "laugh till I cry"....On a more personal note, eight years ago when I first saw this movie in a theatre, I was a solitary man, going fifty, thinking that I have already experienced things which could make my "bucket list" climbed high mountains Mont Blanc, Gross Glockner, Triglav, Durmitor, Fujiyama, Kilimanjaro... to name a few , visited Great Pyramids, well not Great Wall of China, but at least Great Wall of Ston, well not Taj Mahal, but instead many other magnificent temples Angkor Wat in Cambodia, temple of Karnak in Egypt, temples of Nara, Japan... to mention a few , been on safaris in Tanzania and Rwanda... to reference those matching items pursued in the movie. Now, after its second viewing, coincidentally on my wife's birthday, I'm almost sixty realizing that only by starting a family and having this cute little toddler of ours to chase and play with every day and... quoting another listed item, in "kiss ing the most beautiful girl in the world", compete with her mother , I have pushed my life's wish list much closer to completion...Finally, after a decade of his successes in 80-ies and beginning of 90-ies with movies that I have enjoyed watching very much "This is Spinal Tap" 1984 , "Stand by Me" 1986 , "The Princess Bride" 1987 , "When Harry Met Sally..." 1989 , "Misery" 1990 , "A Few Good Men" 1992 , "The Bucket List" marks Rob Reiner's successful comeback and it stands as his easily the-best-of-the-new-millennium directorial effort thus far.
Rob Reiner, the director of Sleepless in Seattle brings forth this warm and tender film, The Bucket List starring Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The film tells the story of Edward and Carter, two older men just diagnosed with terminal cancer who break out for the road trip of their lives. Written by Justin Zachman responsible for penciling some lesser known works completely creates three-dimensional characters for the viewer to love and know.Nicholson in his later years of cinema has been coming off a little dry lately. Not feeling him as authentic in previous works <more>
Nicholson completely changed my mind here. His Edward as fun as he is, is so encouraging and engaging to the eye. Very reminiscent of his wondrous turn in About Schmidt, Nicholson puts forth new efforts and caricatures. Showing the vitality of Edward and his soft weaker parts is no easy task. Nicholson is still at the top of his game in his sixties.Freeman who brought in a powerhouse performance in Gone Baby Gone earlier in the year is at the peak of his acting game now. Winning for Million Dollar Baby and previously nominated for his works in The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, and Street Smart, I was sure his ship had sailed in the 90s. This might be the best performance of the veteran actors career as his Carter is so inviting and beautiful in artistry, it's unbelievable he isn't being considered for any awards consideration. Co-leading with legend Jack Nicholson, the two are both so good they cancel each other out.Supporting players are viable as ever especially coming from comedy TV-star Sean Hayes who is less flamboyant and even more superb. Beverly Todd as Carter's wife takes the suffering wife role to a new level of tragedy and sadness. Director Rob Reiner's direction here is one of the best of his career. Topping his previous works of Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and Misery, this stands up next to Stand by Me and A Few Good Men as the director's most personal film to date.The Bucket List is so inspiring and so beautiful and should be seen by all especially those of earlier generations who feel they never got that chance. When the National Board of Review named this one of the ten best films of the year, heads were scratched across the web. I, too was scratching; on the surface who looks so plain and bland. Watch top notch actors bringing in their most personal and tender roles of their careers. That will change your mind.Grade: ***½/****