Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Bucket List

I just finished watching The Bucking List a while ago. It was really an inspiring movie about friendship and true happiness. It is a story of the corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers who have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. They met in the hospital and became good friends.

Edward who seem to have everything in life has nothing except for his wealth. He had been through a lot of divorces and has a missing daughter. While Carter is a quiet man who works hard for his family. He's been married for 40 years to his wife and has two sons- a lawyer and an engineer and a daughter who is a violinist.

While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave and do all the things that they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list.

They began an around-the-world vacation, tried race car driving, skydiving, climbing the Pyramids, and going on lion safari in Africa. Along the way, they discuss faith and family, and learn from each other that Carter has long been feeling less in love with his wife and that Edward is deeply hurt by his estrangement with his only daughter, who disowned him after he sent some people to "take care of" her abusive husband.

In Hong Kong, Edward hires a prostitute for Carter, who had remained faithful to his wife for the 40 years of their marriage. Carter declined the prostitute finding that the love he had for his wife is still strong. He asks to return home, and in gratitude for helping him, he tries to reunite Edward with his daughter. Edward lacks the courage to face her, however, then he angrily storms off. Carter returns home to his wife, children, and grandchildren.

The family reunion was short lived for Carter's cancer had spread to his brain. He had a surgery but the procedure was unsuccessful. At Carter's funeral, Edward said that his friend had saved him. His life with Carter was one of his bests.

Edward then had the courage to face his daughter. He was not only accepted but also he was introduced to his granddaughter, fulfilling his goal to "kiss the most beautiful girl in the world".

Later on Edward also died and had his ashes placed inside a can,just like Carter's. The cans were placed side by side buried in Mt. Everest.

Carter truly had saved Edward for "When he closed his eyes, his heart was opened."


Omah's Helping Hands said...

I had thought about seeing this movie and now thanks to your review, I know I will. Thanks for sharing.

Modern Princess said...

I loved this movie. Your review captured it beautifully!

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Joyfulsister said...

Hello My Sistah!!
Aww now I want to go an get the movie tomorrow!!! What a great review you gave *smiles*. Thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes. I love your post 8 truths to rememeber and I am going to write that down as well, I put you on my blogroll I need to be able to click so I can find my way here to read your latest posts. I'm so glad there are nurses like you who love the Lord and take care of his children as well. I meant to ask you what part of the Philippines you are from, my Dad was from Ilocos Norte and he and his family moved to Hawaii when he was I think 6 yrs old.

Hugz Lorie

Becoming Me said...

SOunds like such a sweet movie! Thanks for the review

Trish said...

This movie was great! I enjoyed watching them jump from the plane. Even if I knew I was dying I don't think I will ever do that.

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Hello, Sister!

I loved this movie, too!

Stopped by for the first time...your blog is awesome.

To see such wisdom from a 20 year old girl is so awesome! I am SO thankful that God is raising up your generation with such a love for the Lord. I know He is going to do AMAZING things through you.

Look forward to reading more from you...

Many blessings, Sister!