During the week, my girlfriend and I decided to take a random cinema date in the UK because let’s face it, Ireland had all the sunshine!
Young Louisa “Lou” Clark ( Dany herself – Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin – Finnick), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from a violent accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.
Me Before You is a from a guys perspective a movie with moments. I personally felt for the pair in the situation but I wasn’t overly sold on the situation, I believe the fact that Will Traynor was from a wealthy background kinda threw me a little. I understand that he is in such an awful position in his life, but there was something that just didn’t sit right.
Yes this is a romantic film but with a more serious tone – the idea of assisted suicide has never really come up in recent films that I know of, overall I feel this idea was adapted well to the screen, but I feel that we were only focused on the story of the two leads. Throughout we were given brief glimpses of the effects one final decision had on both families – I would have loved a little more exploration into this side instead of the “loved upped” doings.
Our two leads are absolutely great and this is the shining of the entire film. Emilia Clark is fab as the lovable Lou. Her wit and flare echoes in every scene. She is an incredibly warm and likable character which actually mirrors the real Emilia. Thankfully the camera and direction does not purposely over-sexualise as many of the genre do. Her performance comes off very attractive and sweet.
Sam Claflin is another standout here too – his charm emigrates across from The Hunger Game franchise which is very likable and not over-baring. He is super in the more dramatic scenes and gives off a very professional air throughout.
From watching this, I know that viewers will be divide on the material and spark great debate – but I feel if all aspects of the characters were more greater prevalent throughout, I believe this would have been a defining film for future pieces. Sadly, I think this will do it’s time soundly in cinemas but it may catch a little dust on peoples shelves.
That being said, it is as charming as it is melancholic – worth a look in my books!
(Personal rating 3/5) – Nerd out!