Monday, January 14, 2008

Ebert's review of The Bucket List is dead on.

What makes this review even better is that like the protagonists in the film, Ebert himself was diagnosed with cancer in a fight that almost killed him.

Here's my favorite quote:

The movie, directed by Rob Reiner, was written by Justin Zackham, who must be very optimistic indeed if he doesn't know that there is nothing like a serious illness to bring you to the end of sitcom cliches. I've never had chemo, as Edward and Carter must endure, but I have had cancer, and believe me, during convalescence after surgery the last item on your bucket list is climbing a Himalaya. Your list is more likely to be topped by keeping down a full meal, having a triumphant bowel movement, keeping your energy up in the afternoon, letting your loved ones know you love them, and convincing the doc your reports of pain are real and not merely disguising your desire to become a drug addict. To be sure, the movie includes plenty of details about discomfort in the toilet, but they're put on hold once the trots are replaced by the globe-trotting.


At 65, the man may have spent nearly all of the last year in a medically-induced coma, but he's just as sharp as ever. If you want to read the rest of Ebert's review, simply click the text above. Great stuff.


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