Now Is Good (12A, 103 mins) Romance/Drama Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine, Olivia Williams Director: Ol Parker Released: Friday September 19
Based on the book Before I Die by Jenny Downham, Now Is Good is a touching drama about two teenagers united in the shadow of terminal illness, written and directed for the screen by Ol Parker.
The script is laced with dry humour and lead actress Dakota Fanning sports a credible English accent as the plucky heroine who vows to do “as much as I can, as fast as I can” before she loses her battle with leukaemia.
She also sparks a pleasing on-screen chemistry with Jeremy Irvine as the handsome and responsible beau, who just happens to move in next door with his mother.
Now Is Good quickly establishes friction between Tessa and her father, who are at loggerheads about the best way to spend those precious final days.
She is determined to complete her bucket list – “Most of the things are illegal!” – while he believes she should be wrapped in cotton wool.
The film largely keeps the grim reality of terminal illness off screen, apart from one striking scene in which the heroine suffers a heavy nose bleed and red liquid gushes out of her body, soaking a towel and cascading on to the floor.
Final scenes, while emotionally manipulative, handle the grief and goodbyes with sensitivity.
n Swearing, No Sex, Violence n Rating: 5.5/10