Adapted from Before I Die by Jenny Downham and directed by Ol Parker (Indian Palace). The film stars Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Kaya Scodelario, Olivia Williams and Paddy Considine.
Premise: A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she’d like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.
Review: The premise is a bit of a drag but it’s a drama, and a really good one at that. The film is emotional, moving and funny. It’s an amazing experience, you get into Tessa’s mind and you understand the character. She’s sweet strong and clearly has grown with all that’s happen to her but she’s still a teenager with her fears and her aspirations. She sort of wants her life back and experience things like any regular teenager.
The cast is amazing, they make sense, it’s a great ensemble. Paddy Considine is so good in this movie, such a great dad and I love the fact that the dad is the one facing things head on, not running away, denying or escaping the hardship. Olivia Williams is perfect as the flawed mother. Edgar Canham is so sweet and brilliant I love how they wrote it and how he played it.
Jeremy Irvine is not just the pretty boy next door and played Adam with an innocence that was perfect for the role. Kaya Scodelario is also a gem in the movie and she might be playing another flawed teenager but her relationship with Tessa (Dakota Fanning) is very much how I would expect a real friend to be when her best friend is dealing with cancer.
The movie feel very artistic, truthful and honest. The Family and friends are very real which gives the film a raw aspect even though it is made with taste and humor. Now is Good shows a different side of young people, the film is intelligent, inspirational and is not just about falling in love with someone and having sex with them. I think the movie does cancer justice, it’s not sugar coating things or getting horribly pitiful.
The film is wrapped with humor but hits the emotional notes. You’ll probably be touched watching and it’ll stay with you. The cast brought weight and humor to the film. It was one of the best movie I’ve seen in 2012 I am so glad I saw it. I would highly recommend the film.
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