I have not cried while watching a film for a long time, and I was in a good mood, and what I was not expecting is that I would find myself in tears twice during the course of this rather conventional, yes, and rather predictable tale of love, acceptance and death. The film is not celebrating death and does not teach you to accept it (which a lot of the films did recently) - it shows the real devastation and emotional struggle of people whose death is inevitable, and their family and friends. Still, the story is uplifting and inspiring, the acting is good, the soundtrack is worth purchasing and the cinematography (the camera work and some view) is occasionally fantastic.
This teen cancer tragedy is full of well-used clichés, but nothing can overshadow the great performances of the whole team of actors. Dakota Fanning, with an impressive English accent, plays Tessa, a teenager in the process of thinking of and ticking off things from her "list" before the inevitable end. Her struggle turned rebellion is supported by a great array of fantastic performances that make you smile and laugh and cry... Paddy Considine, who plays Tessa's dad, is showing some real struggle in refusing to letting his daughter die. Olivia Williams, who plays Tessa's mother, is also great.
So, a very common plot, but well told and acted admirably. The characters are convincing and the film enjoyable. If you cried watching The Notebook [DVD], you will definitely end up in tears by the end of this film. I also liked the fact that the inevitable death was not over romanticised. There was no doubt that the death was inevitable, and there was no happy ending on the cards.
"Now Is Good" is a worthy film about a difficult subject that is portrayed often, but rarely with such [almost raw] emotions.
The soundtrack was also surprisingly good.
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