Friday, 20 January 2012

The Bucket List


‘The Bucket List’ is a great movie with great performances. I liked so many things about this movie. It has a philosophical tone because it questions you about your last moments; about death and separation from your relatives and friends. The name of the movie comes from the phrase “Kicked the Bucket”; which stands for ‘Death’. If you say, “He kicked the bucket at an age of 58.” You are suggesting that he died at an age of 58. The term ‘The Bucket List’, therefore refers to a list of things you want to do before you die.

This movie has two of the most accomplished actors of all time: Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. They do justice with their reputations and with their roles in the film. This movie tunes you in because of its profound connection with the existential questions about ‘death’ and ‘what is it that you want to do before death?’ There are breath taking scenes in which two characters move through various landscapes around the globe and you are compelled to say ‘Aha!’ many times because of amazing cinematography.

I never get tired of watching any movie with Jack Nicholas in it. Morgan Freeman always convinces with his ‘know-all’ attitude in most of the movies. Jack Nicholas has this extra madman-genius-quirky element in him which is not conferred by any training or practices and this is what made ‘The Shining’ look so great a movie. Two characters in the movie have a great chemistry between them and it’s this freshness of the script that makes this movie unique. This is not a movie just about the death, but also about old age, friendship and relations.