Now, the cancer story has been done quite a lot in the recent years- 50/50 is the first to come in mind, but I am sure there are others, too. The problem lies in the fact that Now Is Good doesn't accomplish what 50/50 did: it doesn't move you emotionally, it doesn't show a different side of the story or new, unusual reactions. This film follows the classic, and I am mean classic in the sense that it is the classic way cancer is portrayed in movies: girl is depressed, takes it out on the parents or friends, although they are not to blame for. She does stupid things and refuses treatment or help because she thinks they pity her, and so on. Adam coming into the picture already gives you an idea of how things will follow (they fall in love, they don't want to let go of each other, teenage angst...you know the drill). Please don't think that I am underestimating or not understanding the effects and problems of cancer- I know these things actual happen in real life and I am not trying to criticize the story, but I think they could have done it better.
Take A Walk to Remember- it still gets me to this day. Maybe it's the actors, maybe the script, maybe the sad, although some might say, cliche ending. Still, I always cry at the end of it and I will always want to re-see that film (it's kind of my Notebook). But Now Is Good fails in that department and it's a shame, because the book is ten times more effective and emotional, especially the ending, which had me bawling my eyes out when I first read it. By contrast, the film didn't: when the credits started rolling, I said to myself "ok, nice movie, when do I have to be in X place?".
Filmmaking wise, I don't really know what to comment- nothing stands out, good or bad about most aspects. I do have the mention the soundtrack and score, which are pretty good.
As for the casting, I quite liked it. It featured a rather convincing Dakota Fanning (both in accent and acting), and a very pretty, but not quite there yet Jeremy Irvine- he plays his part, but it just seems so amateurish, I don't know, I wasn't convinced, but then again I can't say anything bad about him either. Maybe it's the script, maybe I'm too picky. Just forget about it, he is handsome and does his job. Paddy Considine is a wonderful actor that, despite the idea and the script, did a fantastic job in portraying a father desperately trying to somehow save his daughter from an imminent death. Him and Olivia Williams, who plays the mother, are the standouts, acting wise, of the film and once again, prove their worth.
In conclusion, I wouldn't warmly recommend Now Is Good, especially if you don't like romantic comedies or teenage movies, although it isn't a bad movie to say so. As you might have guessed, I wasn't overly excited about it, but I think I let the book raise high expectation for the film. It was a good adaptation, but it just didn't hit the emotional level I was expecting. If you ever have a choice between this and A Walk to Remember, got for the latter.
Hehe expected this.ReplyDelete
POne question though- how good does Jeremy Irvine look in this? (since this will be the only reason I will watch this :P)
If this is the only reason, then you will be happy! He looks delicious- every girl's teenage dream!Delete
This looked predictable from the Ellie Goulding music video that was just released. And I haven't even seen the trailer. Might give this a chance on DVD though.ReplyDelete
I haven't seen the Goulding video, so I don't know, but yeah, wait for it on DVD, no need to waste money on cinema tickets for this one!Delete
I am 100% certain that I am not in the target demographic for this one ;)ReplyDelete
Probably not, but it's worth giving it a try on DVD when it comes out, maybe you will like itDelete
I've only seen Jeremy Irvine in the overly-sentimental War Horse. Like Iba said, I'm not sure this is for me, but I do think Dakota is one talented young actress.ReplyDelete
She is talented, and Jeremy Irvine is definitely a cutie pie. Like I said above, maybe try the DVDDelete
Ah, how did I miss this review? Yeah - it looks like exactly what I was expecting. I hope that Jeremy Irvine gets some better roles, because I'm sure he is quite talented. For now, I'll just be distracted by his looks ;)ReplyDelete
I thought he was talented, too, but after seeing Now is good and the trailer of Great Expectations, I am not extremely convinced by him. But do see Now is good, he looks amazing in it :DDelete