Now Is Good: Movie Review
April 11, 2013
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If you are looking for a new movie to watch this Friday night, the movie for you is Now is Good, adapted from the best-selling novel by Jenny Downham. The movie follows terminally ill leukemia patient, Tessa Scott, played by Dakota Fanning, who has recently decided to stop chemotherapy. Tessa vows to do as much as she can as fast as she can because she is running out of time as her cancer worsens. She starts by creating a bucket list of all the things she would like to do before she goes.
Tessa’s snarky and blunt view of the world changes when she meets the charming boy next door Adam, played by Jeremy Irvine, who changes her life for the remainder of her days. They first meet when Tessa walks over to Adam’s backyard to burn her unsentimental items in his man-made outdoor fireplace. After that moment they could not take things slow, for what they had quickly escalates into love.
However, as time passes, Tessa’s cancer spreads exponentially faster than her doctor has previously predicted. This tests Tessa and Adam’s future together because they both know the day they dread is coming sooner than expected. Adam is urged to move on with his life because Tessa needs a nurse, and not a boy reminding her of what she will never be able to have. Adam ultimately does the opposite and stays with Tessa until her final days. Though Tessa never does finish her list, by the end of her life, she realizes life is full of moments waiting to happen.
I am not going to lie, when I first saw Now is Good I cried about four times. This movie sends a captivating message to all audiences while managing to deliver an enjoyable movie. I sat in a puddle of tears thinking about how heart wrenching this must be for Adam to have finally found a girl who has helped him in more ways than one, and then have her taken away from him. Then I thought about Tessa, how she must have felt knowing she will not live a full life. Knowing that one day she is going to have to leave everything and everyone behind. Although this movie may come off as tragic, it is worth the tears and heartache to see Tessa smile at the end because she finally finds peace.
Now is Good opens one’s eyes to the reality that we all die one day. Nevertheless, this inspiring movie is guaranteed to make one appreciate the value of life and all they have no matter what circumstance.