In the film, "Now Is Good," this is what we are confronted with. For many years with millions of others, I have watched Dakota Fanning literally grow up on screen. I know that in this film she is an actress playing a character, but that doesn't necessarily make this film that much easier to watch. She is a very good actress, and in this film I was very surprised: She is not the typical movie character that faces this catastrophe with an unflinching smile, who is ready to take that long walk in to the abyss like a true hero. Her character is HUMAN......and at times her short lived, permanent dilemma makes her angry, confused, anxious, and a myriad of many emotions that only she can cover in this film. It makes her act out with some of the things that she wants to do on her bucket list that no young person should ever have to write.
In this film Dakota's character Tessa is English with a perfect English accent to top off her whole performance. When I discovered that, I asked myself why they just did not get an English actress to play the role. Ten minutes in to this film, I had my answer. This is an astonishing performance by our National Treasure, Dakota who is now just barely a post-kid. This may be her finest film statement so far. It is a Dakota Fanning tour de force. I could easily see her getting a nomination for an Academy Award for this, but now we know that did not happen. The great thing about this film, and the performance is that at no time did I feel manipulated. I never felt like it's goal was to make the viewer cry like so many similar ones. It is not a, "Tear Jerker" in that regard. Sometimes the burst of emotions that a film can produce are not necessarily intended. It just naturally happens. That is why in a film with a performance like this one, that emotional break happens so easily. – At least it did for me.
"Death Be Not Proud." So many things in life are not fair......and so it is with The Academy.