Review: NOW IS GOOD

Dakota Fanning stars as 17-year-old Tessa. She has been diagnosed with incurable leukemia. Instead of prolonging her life with chemotherapy, she has decided to stop the chemotherapy and live the remainder of her life to the fullest, cramming in as much as possible into what time she has left. Tessa wants to experience losing her virginity, breaking the law, taking drugs and more. However, she never imagined her last months would also include falling in love with the boy next door (Jeremy Irvine).

There is nothing new about Now Is Good. You know what is going to happen but you still get drawn in. That is all down to the cast, especially Fanning and Irvine. This is a tragic story and they would have been forgiven for overplaying the tears and drama, however they did not. They were very understated in their performances. It felt so organic and you couldn’t but help be drawn into what each of them were feeling. Olivia Williams and Paddy Considine, who play Tessa’s parents, followed suit with their performances.

Now Is Good uses all the usual tricks, such as the corny music, some predictable lines, and the inevitable painful close ups of the characters suffering,  to get the audience to cry. The problem is that even though, as an audience member, you are aware of this, you can’t help but fall for it. Before you know it you are a blubbering mess – no matter how much you insist you won’t be!

I lay the blame with the fabulous Paddy Considine. The minute he loses it with his dying daughter, so will you. This is the point of no return, especially since at this point, Fanning and Irvine also start to pull on your heartstrings.

One of the criticisms I have about Now Is Good is that even though the subject matter is quite depressing, usually in a film like this there is some uplifting, grab life by the horns, message. However this film did not. It just made you feel down.

Now Is Good isn’t one for those of you looking for a bit of laughter. Although. If you feel that you need a good cry, then go along to this, as ‘ugly crying’ is guaranteed!

Now Is Good is in cinemas now.

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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