Ladies if you are going to watch this film, please remember to wear waterproof mascara because you are going to cry. There literally wasn’t a dry eye in the room, the film seemed to be punctuated with the loud sniffling noises of the man behind me tearing up throughout the film. ‘Now is Good’ isn’t afraid to pull on your heartstrings and even if it was unashamedly cliche in parts, it managed to move every member of the audience in some way.
The film delves into the action straight away with Tessa, the film’s dying protagonist, and her best friend and partner in crime, Zoey, meeting some boys. We don’t know that Tessa is ill until the boy she is with pulls off her wig and her pixie short hair is exposed. After their encounter came one of my favourite parts of the film which was the title sequence. It was all hand-drawn and processed in 3d using after effects. It was visually stimulating and perfectly paired with an edgy remix of Lana Del Rey’s Blue Jeans, there was no way I wasn’t going to love it! A refreshing change from the typical dry credit sequences.
Dakota Fanning’s performance as Tessa was good, I was impressed that she was able to maintain a very convincing British accent throughout. The onscreen father and daughter relationship was heart wrenching as Paddy Considine’s character was constantly searching for a way to cure his daughter.
Although Tessa’s bucket list was toned down for the 12A audience we are still able to feel that Tessa is coming of age before it is too late. She gets arrested, takes drugs, goes skinny dipping and most importantly in the film, falls in love with her gorgeous next door neighbour Adam. Adam, is every girls dream; he’s cute, caring and completely head over heels for Tessa. Despite what Tessa’s father thinks, Adam is there for her in her last days, making her his main priority. The couple go on an incredible journey together and the audience believe Tessa will die happy because she experienced such a great love.
There were a few things I didn’t like about the film however, the first being Zoey’s pregnancy. I felt it was unnecessary to the film’s storyline and it seemed to be more of a cheesy add on than a pivotal part of the film. The second thing is that although the film was very engaging it didn’t really veer away from the ideas similar films present. It would have been refreshing to see a new spin on the ‘bucket list’ film.
All in all, I would rate this film 7.5 out of 10.