The third video I saw was The Bucket List, staring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
Its story focuses on two men with differences surpassing those of their economic status. Their distinguishing similarity (aside from a common hospital room) is their illness: terminal cancer. In the course of their denial, both compose a “bucket list:” a list of things they would love to do before “kicking the bucket” (an expression for dying). With a fully financed trip by hospital entrepreneur Edward Cole (Nicholson), he and Carter Chambers (Freeman) live their dreams, and in the process open each other’s locked doors for a more fulfilling life.
I found the plot unique. It’s one of those films where, before it actually comes out, you wish a film like it was being conceived by Hollywood producers. In short, a dream-come-true film. Character development was good, the introduction of conflicts was timely, the climax was truly a tear-jerker, and the ending was a good enough twist. It makes you relish true friendships.
With it, I can’t help but contemplate how people put opportunities and dreams on hold for activities that give only short-time comfort. They let the impossible hinder their heart’s desires. To supplement, here is an excerpt from the article entitled “The Interview With God:”
I dreamed I had an interview with God…
“So, would you like to interview Me?” God asked.
“If you have time,” I said.
God smiled, “My time is eternity. What questions do you have in mind for me?”
“What surprises You most about humankind?” I asked.
God answered, that they get bored with childhood, they rush to grow up, and then they long to be children again…
“That they lose their health to make money… and then lose their money to restore their health…”
“That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future…”
“That they live as if they will never die, and die as though they never lived…”
Think about it. What should we be doing exactly in with our life?
Postscript: The actual bucket list is as follows (from Wikipedia):
1. Witness something truly majestic.
2. Help a complete stranger for a common good.
3. Laugh ’till I cry.
4. Drive a Shelby Mustang.
5. Kiss the most beautiful girl in the world.
6. Get a tattoo.
8. Visit Stonehenge.
9. Spend a week at Lore.
10. See Rome.
11. See the pyramids.
12. Get back in touch (previously “Hunt the big cat.”)