Thursday, 20 September 2012

Now Is Good (2012)

Image: Warner Bros.

Now Is Good tells the tale of a 16-year-old girl dying from leukaemia. Despite suffering with the disease throughout her teenage years, Tessa (Dakota Fanning) is told by doctors that her treatment has been unsuccessful and that she should enjoy the last few months she has left. Determined to live the rest of her life to its fullest, Tessa creates a bucket list of things she wants to do before she dies and, with a little help from her best friend and the cute boy (Jeremy Irvine) next door, does her damnedest to fulfil every wish.

In spite of the less than appealing publicity images for the film, Now Is Good is easily watchable. Fanning pulls off the cancer-stricken, English girl with aplomb, and the rest of the cast equally deliver solid performances. It's cheesy in a few places and fully aware of the heartstrings it's pulling on, but it's a likeable adaptation that will, no doubt, resonate with its target audience.

Not that bad.



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