Now Is Good – Film Review

Duration: 1hr 43mins

Rating: 12A

Release Date: 19 September 2012

Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Ol Parker

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine, Olivia Williams, Kaya Scodelario, Edgar Canham,

Description: Tessa is 17-year-old’s and she’s dying of leukemia. Tessa doesn’t want to die but she knows that it’s going to happen so she compiles a list of everything she wants to do with the rest of her life. Falling in love with Adam isn’t on the list but it’s something she’s very grateful for.

My Thoughts: I watched Now Is Good because I had read the book which was originally named Before I Die by Jenny Downham, I had wanted to read the book for a long time and I wanted to know what the film adaptation was like. It wasn’t at all how I imagine everything in the book and some parts were better and some parts were worse.

I think Dakota Fanning was a poor choice to play Tessa, and in the film they made Tessa really cold and unresponsive and I feel like it was a bit over-the-top compared to how it was in the book. I thought Jeremy Irvine was a brilliant choice to play Adam and I think he did brilliantly, he played Adam the exact way I imagined Adam to be. I thought Kaya Scodelario was the perfect choice to play Zoey, she played Zoey’s character so well. Paddy Considine was also brilliant as Tessa’s Dad, he played the role so well, it was exactly as I imagined him.

I felt like the film got rid of a lot of the content from the start of the book and I felt like because of that you didn’t get a chance to really get to know the characters and care about them, you weren’t sure whether you were supposed to like them or not. And I thought that was a shame. I also felt like the film was too short so it wasn’t as sad as it could have been.

Unlike The Fault In Our Stars Tessa actually did look really ill and it put dramatic effect on the film and you felt like any moment she could die and it was really depressing but with Hazel in The Fault In Our Stars although we know she’s got cancer but she looks perfectly healthy and therefore doesn’t really set as much effect (and this isn’t me moaning about the film because I love TFIOS!).

There were some moments that made me smile and really want to live in the moment and make each one count. It made me happy to be alive but it also made me realised how short life really is and how we never have as much time as we think we do, and we never know when we’re going to die.

As I’ve mentioned before I write notes before I type up my reviews so I can really remember something and know what I thought of it in that moment and I literally wrote inspirational that’s all my note said.

It was funny, sad, depressing, happy, inspirational and heart-breaking. The saddest film I’ve seen since The Fault In Our Stars. 


“You don’t have to call him sir.” Tessa to Adam “Sir will be fine.” Tessa’s Dad

“See, some people would think this was beautiful” (The snow) “But all I can think is it’s killing my poor vegetables.” Adam

Warnings: Drug use, Sexual references, bad language, strong medical theme, for more information click the following link:

Trailer: For the trailer and other information on the film click the following link:

Other Information: Now Is Good was adapted from the book Before I Die by Jenny Downham. The film was nominated for 5 awards and won 4 of them. For my review of the book click here:

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