The Bucket List

The Bucket List (2007) is, as you might imagine, a film about a list. A list of all the good things in life: places to visit, people worth cherishing, values to remember.

It is, however, a film so dire, so rich in feelings, so sappy and at the same time so manipulative, that last night after I went out of the movie theater I wanted to think about making my own list.

Jack Nicholson plays Edward Cole, the billionaire head of a health-care company whose huge profits have come at the expense of any respect for its patients whom it squeezes into cheap, looking rooms. He’s a brute and a selfish.

But he becomes a cancer patient and it is forced by his assistant to enter one of his own hospitals, sharing his room with Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman), an academic figure who gave up his studies and became a mechanic in order to support his pregnant girlfriend (Beverly Todd).

Ed Cole gobbles up gourmet meals prepared for him by his personal assistant. Then the chemotherapy kicks in, he loses his appetite, and decides to break out of hospital with Chamber so that they can spend their final few months ticking off the ‘To Do’ list that the latter has compiled: skydiving, getting tattoos, visiting the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids.

Although Rated 7.7 on Imdb, the movie didn’t get great reviews from the critics’ world. Many critics consider the movie to be too simple, the subject over talked and the scenario predictable.

I consider otherwise. Besides the fact that I was in a lovely companionship the movie made quite an impression on me.

Simple movie?

Yes. But that’s the beauty of it. Most of the times, for me, simple things are the ones that bring joy to live. Weather it’s a ray of sunshine, a simple movie or a kind smile from a stranger.

I think the world flows too fast in every which direction. Standing still for a while, realizing the human condition and sometimes even contemplating the prospect of death is in my opinion one of those necessary things a person must to in life.

The Bucket List is not a movie about death. It is about life beyond death, beyond selfishness, cherishing friendship and family.

Sometimes, we forget to appreciate these 2 things: friendship and family. This movie is a good start to remember.


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