Me Before You movie review

Me Before You (adapted from the novel by Jojo Moyes)

RATING: ★★★★★

My book review

I had been highly anticipating this movie ever since I read and adored the book. My excitement was only heightened when I heard that Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (my dearest Khaleesi from GOT) were starring in it alongside some other familiar faces like Neville Longbottom and Tywin Lannister. Safe to say, they nailed the casting. Each of them played their characters so well and were brilliant at portraying them in the way I had imagined from reading the book. And it’s true what they say: tissues are a must. I balled my eyes out like no other, in one particular heart-wrenching scene and I commend Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin for acting in a way that made me so unbelievably connected to their characters which, in turn, initiated such an emotional reaction from me. That said, the movie is not exclusively sad. For the most part, it’s actually hilarious with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments so don’t expect tears to fall from start to finish (unless the tears come from laughter – in which case, you’re not alone!). And so, regardless of what your ‘typical’ type of film taste is, I thoroughly encourage you give this one a watch as it easily the best film I’ve seen of 2016.

To briefly summarise the plot, we follow Lou, a young girl who has recently lost her job and fears for the future of her family. After a tedious job hunt, she eventually finds a job as a carer for Will Traynor, a quadriplegic (unable to move his body from the neck down). From the first day, she is skeptical but slowly they begin to warm to one another and a wonderful relationship blossoms. However, Lou soon discovers a promise that Will made to his parents. Consequently, she makes it her mission to change his mind before it’s too late.

The movie is simultaneously heart-warming and heart-breaking. Lou is such a bubbly character and Clarke plays her in a way that makes you absolutely adore her. Her quirky style came across so well in the movie and her charisma was well communicated through Clarke’s seriously impressive expressive eyebrows, just sayin’. Likewise, her relationship with Patrick was executed really well and made for some cracking comedic moments.

One thing I’ve heard a lot of discussion about is what the film left out from the book so if you plan on reading the book, skip ahead here to avoid spoilers. Most notably, the rape scene in the maze was scrapped and Steven Traynor’s (Will’s father) affair too. It was a shame that the maze scene wasn’t used because it explained why Lou was scared of venturing into the unknown but I can completely appreciate that some things just don’t translate as well on screen, as Moyes said. And while I do think the affair fitted in well in the books, I actually preferred seeing Will’s parents battling their hardships together – it made the movie all the more devastating and heartfelt. I don’t quite understand the uproar though? Me Before You is clearly not the first movie to ever miss or change parts of its book yet the film is receiving a lot of criticism for it, of which I seriously don’t agree with! It is an adaptation at the end of the day, sometimes parts can’t be portrayed in the right way or sometimes parts are scrapped to reduce the running time – it just happens and I’m alright with that!

I understand that I haven’t delved too much into the ins and outs of the story but I wouldn’t want to take anything away from the experience so I’d rather leave a little mystery and let you discover what a wonderful story has been brought to life for yourself. In my opinion, this was such a fantastic book-to-movie adaptation and I encourage you all to go watch it (and read it too!)

Happy Watching Bookworms!

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