If you ever had chance to meander over to my Bucket List and think ‘so what?’ Then I urge you to watch this emotional, comedic and heart-warming film, The Bucket List.
Played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman (not the annoying MORE-THAN free, man adverts ruining evening tv), Edward Cole and Carter Chambers meet in hospital after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. After they bond throughout their treatment, Carter writes out a bucket list of things to do ,which is then discarded when he finds out that he has less than a year to live.
Edward finds the list, adds to it and urges Carter to join with him to complete the list of things to do before they kick the bucket.
Both of them go on a round the world trip vacation taking in sights and activities that they have always wanted to do that include flying over the North Pole, doing a Skydive, lion safari in Africa, riding motorbikes on the Great Wall of China, Visiting the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids.
Throughout the journey, comes a series of comedic events, but overlying them is a sense of a deep burgeoning friendship between the two. Also, they realise what is the most important aspect of their life, their family.
Both Jack and Morgan brings a stark comedy and gravitas to a taboo subject of cancer and the writing certainly compliments both styles with quotes:
Edward Cole: ‘Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying’
Edward Cole: I envy people who have faith, I just can’t get my head around it.
Carter Chambers: Maybe because your head’s in the way.
Edward Cole: Somewhere, some lucky guy’s having a heart attack.
Edward Cole: What does a snail have to do to reincarnate? Leave the perfect trail of slime?
Carter Chambers: Edward, I’ve had baths that were deeper than you.
Watching this emotional rollercoaster gives you a sense that life is short and before you know it, you’ll have wasted your life if you didn’t seize the day. So follow your dreams, make them happen and watch the satisfaction of making them true.
As I do not want to spoil the film, get this DVD to watch and I hope this will spur you on to write a list of things to do before you ‘kick the bucket.’ That’s my advice to you.
Seeing as I have already done a Bucket List, I think I’ve probably received the best advice of 2012 so far courtesy of Edward Cole:
‘Never Pass Up a Bathroom….Never Waste a Hard-On…and Never Trust a Fart!’
Have you seen the Bucket List? What did you think?