Go Now (1995)
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This film contains one of the most heartrending love scenes that has ever been filmed!No ,there's no sex in it!Nick's girlfriend ,Karen does not want to go now,and she stands in the pouring rain,she keeps waiting waiting desperately waiting.She gave the highest proof of her love that she could.
It's not a desperate film.The last scene is a message of hope. As Bessie Banks sings "Go now....or you'll see me cry "
I'm so glad that I did. It's a joy finally to see Robert Carlyle have the opportunity to do a complete person, from laughter to tears, with terrible physical failings and equally terrible emotional struggles. He's a wonderful actor, and it's a treat to see him with a relaxed face, easy -- fully human! He seems to have gotten stuck in the villain or psycho category by American casting agents -- a kind of Scots contemporary Peter Lorre.... But in this role he's just lovely!
The film itself is that sort that the Brits do so well, "a little film" -- character study, working class, interesting without trying to be earthshaking. I suspect that the difficulty of understanding the accents (not just Carlyle's "deepest Glaswegian", but the several other regional accents (notably "Tony"'s Irish) has contributed to the film's obscurity in the States, but it's well worth seeking out. In fact, I'm glad I bought it, because I think it bears re-viewing, if for no other reason than that it's likely to take me a few times through before I actually catch all the lines!
Nice use, too, of series of still photos, especially of the football (soccer) "mates" captured in classic "yearbook" style, with funny captions!
Other reviewers have commented on how weak they thought the acting was, other than Carlyle. I disagree. I think the acting is fine, but the script has definitely under-developed the other characters, especially Karin. We see so much of Nick's inner life, but almost none of hers. I suspect these writers may do men quite well (hearty "mates", whether football or druggies!), but not women. Remember the women in "Trainspotting"?
In any case, well worth the viewing, especially for Robert Carlyle's lovely performance.
Though the plot could've used a bit more work and the other actors aren't as strong as Carlyle, Go Now is still worth a viewing just for his performance alone. It leaves you with the impression that the film really was made just to be a showcase for his work. Occasional comic relief from his buddies provided a witty twist, and the soundtrack was top-notch.
I am moved to submit a review because of the personal experience of my first wife who died from MS. Robert Carlyle's performance as someone with MS is so absolutely on the mark as to be frightening. Early symptoms, attempts to diagnose, the loss of function, the struggle with physical therapy, the anger and frustration of not being able to do the simple things that you once did without conscious thought but which now require concentration and tremendous effort. Another aspect that they covered well is the handicapped person's anger towards pity (or more often in his case, *perceived* pity). His was an absolutely standout performance.
They also handled fairly well the dilemma of the caregiver (Juliet Aubrey as Karen). Physically, they can go at any time. Emotionally, they MUST stay because they love the MS victim. In the movie, the fact that they weren't married made it an easier possibility for her to leave. Like the rich person who wonders if they are loved for their money or themselves, Robert Carlyle found it very hard to accept that she loved him for himself, and did not want to stay out of pity or a sense of obligation.
My only complaint about this movie is that the thick accents made it very difficult to understand too much of the dialogue.
Also, as another reviewer noted, a strong plus was the "real people" feeling about the rest of the cast. The movie felt as though a movie camera had captured real life, not people acting in a movie.
A stellar performance by Robert Carlyle. I have only seen him in "The Full Monty", but I will now try to find his other movies. I am now a big fan of Robert Carlyle. I like this guy a LOT.
In 'go now' he plays a soccer player who gets MS, the disease that kills you slowly, starting with making you tired and weak. Carlyle plays the role very real and believeble. Because he don't wants to be a problem for his girlfriend he leaves his girlfriend and the house. In the next scene you see him standing outside in the rain just looking at nothing and his girlfriend staring out of the window at him. This scene is so very touching and so real that there is a good possibility that there are coming tears out of your eyes. A very good, touching and warm film.
An average guy with an average job meets an average girl and they fall in love. He develops MS early in their relationship and while this causes roadblocks in the development of their relationship they are able to overcome them, along with mutual infidelities and a very difficult breakup followed by a touching reunion to produce a realistic ending. His friends offer the comic relief to make this movie not as bleak as it would be.
The heavy Scottish accent make this a perfect video for closed caption.
This time, as the daughter-in-law of a wonderful and amazing woman who had Multiple Sclerosis which, ultimately, led to her death 20 or so years after her diagnosis, it was AMAZING to see a film that dealt with the day to day issues of MS so realistically.
The fact that the film portrayed a male in the lead as the person diagnosed made it all the more compelling. This is not just a disease that affects females, and also, once diagnosed and as the MS progresses, it's impact is on the entire family or supportive community one hopes the MS patient has.
Robert Carlyle is just so heart-breaking perfect in this role. He should have won or should win something for his film.
A touching, uplifting film by the same folks that brought you the depressingly gritty TRAINSPOTTING a few years back. GO NOW is the story of Nick Cameron played by Robert Carlisle, a mason and rugby player and his girlfriend and their life together. This may sound boring, but it's a well acted and like many films from the UK, very under played and cast with real looking people. It's slow pace might annoy American viewer used to US films, but we get to know the characters in this story. I felt like I was meeting real people as opposed to cardboard characters we find in so many Hollywood flics. We first meet Nick as a very uncoordinated, `blind' rugby, (or is it soccer?) player, the victim of the coach's verbal abuse and scorn of his `mates'. A construction worker by day, he quickly finds his life making several uncomfortable turns when he loses his grip on a heavy hammer as he climbs up to his work site on a new building. With love and support from Karin his girlfriend he faces challenges no one should ever have to.
`Go Now', the old Moody Blues classic is heard throughout the film. I am a long time Moody Blues fan and GO NOW caught my attention simply by the title and the use of the song in the film. `Go Now', the song is a strange choice for a song at the film's ending. The theme of the song and the theme of the movie do not match. But the movie, in spite of its mismatched theme and title is still a good film.
However, the depiction of premarital sex and co-habitation and liberal use of the `F' and `S' words makes it inappropriate for kids.
If I were to rate it on a zero to five scale I'd give it a 2.5