Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Stephen Peacocke, Janet McTeer
Directed by Thea Sharrock
Imagine having a perfect life: lots of money, a beautiful girlfriend, adventure trips to wherever you want, great charisma and you’re good-looking. Now imagine all of that taken from you in one day.
Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a motorcyclist himself, ironically becomes a quadriplegic when he gets run over by one. He is forever bound to a wheelchair, living at his parent’s home, with the loss of his limbs. He is in constant pain, can get frequently sick, and has been depressed for two years.
Enter Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke), a new carer who dresses oddly in bright colors and has never done much with her life. She desperately needs the money being a carer will provide to help support her family. Although she has a naturally bubbly personality, she finds working with Will a challenge. He is sarcastic and mean, but it’s no wonder why.
Yet, despite getting under each other’s skin, they learn how to be around each other. As Louisa adjusts to Will’s medical conditions and moods, she becomes easy around him and he uses her as a project to improve her life. He wants to open her up to a world he longs to be a part of, but cannot; he wants her to get out of the tiny village they live in and spread her wings.
It’s no doubt that Will has become a nicer person with Louisa around, but there’s a family secret being kept from her. When Louisa finds out, she isn’t sure if she wants to continue to be a part of his life.
Guaranteed to be a tear-jerker, Me Before You delivers a heartbreaking story without overdoing it like a typical cheesy, soap-opera. The cast works phenomenally together, and the chemistry between Clarke and Claflin makes viewers almost forget it’s just a movie. This is one of those movies where you play the “Hey, I know you from watching ___” game as the actors come from a myriad of backgrounds (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games just to name a few).
However, the familiar faces don’t take away from the movie. They mold into their characters and create a new world, one full of pain and love. Incredibly enough, the movie is almost 100% faithful to the book. It helps that the screenwriters happens to be the author of the book, Jojo Moyes.
I was slightly disappointed there wasn’t more of a romance between Louisa and Will, but the connection they make with each other over a period of six months is bound to satisfy as they grow comfortable in each other’s presence.
Me Before You is the movie to watch for those who enjoy an excuse to tear-up at a love story. Forget Nicholas Sparks or John Green, Jojo Moyes is who to look out for.