Director: Thea Sharrock
Cast: Emilia Clarke (Louisa Clarke), Sam Claflin (Will Traynor), Janet McTeer (Camillia Traynor), Charles Dance (Steven Traynor), Matthew Lewis (Patrick)
Age Certificate: 12a
If you haven’t read the book of this movie adaption then you are certainly missing out. Before becoming a big hit in the cinema, Me Before You was a worldwide bestseller by author Jojo Moyes who also wrote the screenplay for this movie.
It follows the life of eccentric, chirpy Louisa Clarke who recently fired from her job at a café, takes up the new, unfamiliar job of caring for the feisty and charmingly handsome Will Traynor who’s active and wild life has been blighted with becoming quadriplegic after being involved in a motorbike accident.
As you can probably imagine, going from being a highly successful man with many adventures and opportunities ahead of him to being rendered to a chair and living in your parents annex, highly dampens Will’s spirit and he becomes an unhappy within himself and his body. That is until Louisa Clarke gets hired by his mother and comes bouncing into his life with her ridiculously charming outfits consisting of brightly coloured tights and excessive floral patterns, attempting to fill his life with happiness once more and change his mind of wanting to commit suicide.
It was lit in bright lights the outcome of the storyline and how their relationship would blossom into something unprofessional, but that didn’t stop it from being an enchanting tale of unlikely lovers, pushing aside the fact that the whole film as an attempt to romanticize assisted suicide.
There’s an unrestricted buoyancy that you can’t help but like with Emilia’s acting and makes Louisa come across as a fun-loving, slightly insane yet lovable character. However, this is slightly overplayed during some scenes and her character becomes a little too much, but she still plays the part brilliantly with her and Sam Claflin making a wonderful team creating chemistry between the two characters.
We’ve seen Claflin playing the hero in many films such as ‘The Hunger Games’ series through his character of Finnick Odair, so was somewhat strange to see him portraying a character who can be perceived as being a victim. Although he does the role justice, as he is bound to make any woman in her mid-20’s swoon with his rugged to clean-cut look and resilience to convince Louisa to make the most of her life, I believe that the role didn’t necessarily suit him and found he consistently did the same few facial expressions, not really letting us see a proper personality for the character.
Despite certain cliché’s and ironic character’s such as Louisa’s boyfriend Peter who happens to be a running and fitness enthusiastic, I’d say that this film was wonderfully written and directed, navigating its way towards your heart-strings and pulling on them throughout leading you to cry what could be a river. I certainly did cry and being a fan of soppy romances I did thoroughly enjoy both the movie and the book, I hope I see more from Louisa Clarke.