Starring: Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Olivia Williams, Kaya Scodelario, Paddy Considine
Plot: Tessa (Fanning) is a 17 year old girl who decides to end her treatment for leukemia and compiles a list of things to do before she dies.
First of all when I read the plot of this film I already sensed the outcome of the film, spoiler alert - she dies! I normally avoid these types of films e.g. My Sisters Keeper because you just know you will fall in love with the character and the emotions will hit you and you will end up in a flood of tears, all alone watching the end credits roll on.
This film did exactly that!
But instead of focusing on when she is going to die you really get sucked into her life and start to even think yourself 'what would I do if I didn't have long left'. That message is key throughout the whole film, the audience whilst trying to overlook Fanning's debatable British accent see the beauty in having special moments to live for. I began willing on Tessa to stay alive longer so she could achieve everything she set out to do. This film really hits you and the chemistry between Fanning and Irvine is so beautiful, their first kiss is perfection, the way he looks at her makes you want to find someone like that.
The first half of the film you find yourself smiling and falling in love with the characters of Tessa and Adam, the relationship between Tessa's parents are a good dynamic and show a different side with the dad being the strong parent and the mum taking a seat back and not really knowing what to do to help her daughter.
The second half pulls at your heart strings, there is a scene where Tessa is watching her brother play outside, I dare you not to shed a tear, its impossible.
This film is brilliantly acted by everyone involved and even though its not all happy and bouncy it doesn't need to be. Its real, it makes you feel real emotions and really makes you think about the choices in your life.
Till next time, leave your suggestions in the comment box for next week.