Directed by: Ol Parker
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine and Paddy Considine
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3/5
Get out your tissues everyone, this one is a heartbreaker. Now Is Good is an adaptation of the 2007 novel Before I Die by Jenny Downham and tells the tale of Tessa, and the unjust of leaving the world before life has really begun.
Tessa is a young teenager, dying from leukaemia. She’s angry at the world, she’s angry at her how her future has narrowed down to mere weeks and months, and she’s compiling a list of things she’d like to do before she passes away. At the top of her list is losing her virginity.
The movie is a tearjerker, and you’ll spend a fair part of the movie sniffling into tissues as the plot unravels. She meets Adam, and falls for him hard and fast. Unlike many movie portrayals of terminal illness, Dakota Fanning’s Tessa is angry. She’s angry at the world for not turning out this way, she’s angry at all the things she could miss out on, and she instead she doggedly pursues her list. Some may bristle at Tessa’s depiction, but watching her fight for what’s left of her life is unsurprisingly devastating.
The movie is based on the young adult novel Before I Die, and fans of the book will certainly enjoy this interpretation.
Now Is Good does tend to veer into soppy and overemotional territory, but it’s forgivable given the nature of the movie’s heavy themes.
From the outset this movie never promises to be a happy one, and it delivers with a tear jerker ending. Definitely a film for the Nicholas Sparks fans.
Available now: DVD RRP$36.95 or Blu=Ray RRP$42.95
Category: Film & TV