Cover of The Bucket List
I “stumbled” into this movie a week ago while wondering what to watch in order to waste some time until the hour I had to go pick up my daughter from the kindergarten. I didn’t have a job back then and I was at home all day. While surfing the IMDB for what’s new and worth watching, I saw an article about this film, “The Bucket List”, and it grabbed my attention. So I found it and decided to give it a chance, not to mention that two of my all time favorite actors were playing the main characters in the movie – Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
The storyline is simple, but the lessons to be learned are nearly divine. First I would like to start with the Bulgarian translation of the title, since it will help me continue. The translation of the title made for the Bulgarian audience was “Kick the bell with refinement”. To kick the bell with refinement is the decision two middle-aged patients make while admitted to the oncology ward at the hospital. One of the patients is an irritable millionaire called Edward, played by Jack Nicholson. The other patient is an erudite mechanic called Carter, played by Morgan Freeman. Nothing in common between them, except for the hospital room they share. The two men learn they have terminal cancer on the same day and the horrible news reverses their whole world and notion of everything around them. In their first hours together they barely exchange two words but after that they slowly begin to build a fragile friendship. So, they write up a so called “Bucket list” – a list of all the things they want to do before they die. They make that list and rush to fulfill their dreams. Of course, there isn’t any financial issue because the millionaire Edward decides to fund the adventure since he realizes there’s no point of taking his fortune in the afterworld. So, the two friends begin their journey around the world, without knowing where it would take them eventually.
Skydiving? They go for it.
Speed racing with Shelby Mustang on the race track? Why not?
Going to the top of the Hephaestus pyramid in Egypt? It’s not mission impossible.
Visiting Taj Mahal? One thing anyone should do.
Safari? OK, but don’t get scared of beasts…
Climbing the Himalayas? Well, if we can’t do it while we live, our ashes will rest there in a simple coffee can…
The two friends find the simple joys of life before it’s too late. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, two brilliant actors, put their hearts and souls in this celebration of life. The movie is very easy and relaxing to watch, being a solemnity of the human spirit of the inevitable death, and shows us that the perfect moment is HERE and NOW.