THE BUCKET LIST (2007 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.3|5.0 Starsìì

The Bucket List starts well. Morgan Freeman begins the story with exceptional personality, naturalness, and complete comfortableness with the script and his assigned character. Something happens when Morgan Freeman meets Jack Nicholson. While Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson are great actors and work well as individuals, they seem a bit awkward when working together. This poor casting choice reveals itself particularly in the scenes that explore Africa and Asia. It seems Freeman is not comfortable with Nicholson. An additional challenge with this movie is when the two decide to take a world trip together, the movie becomes the most boring story ever told. The script falls flat. The storyline is not corrected by Director Rob Reiner until the ending scenes which, if the viewer makes it that far, are well done and make a good, valid point. There’s just a lot of minutes to wade through before getting to the solid point, well made.

Storyline

Carter (Morgan Freeman) is a mechanic with his life dreams never met. Edward (Jack Nicholson) is a wealthy entrepreneur whose life dreams have always been met. The two opposites meet in a hospital ward, both diagnosed with cancer. They decide to form a team and complete a specified list of activities before they die.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Rob Reiner for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Jeffrey Stott, Justin Zackham, and Travis Knox for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Thomas (Sean Hayes), Virginia (Beverly Todd), Dr. Hollins (Rob Morrow), Roger (Alfonso Freeman), Angelica (Rowena King), Kai (Annton Berry, Jr.), and Chandra (Verda Bridges).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The concept is inspiring and worth contemplation.

Ben Meyers

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