Me Before You (adapted from the novel by Jojo Moyes)
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.
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Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Genre: Adult fiction, Contemporary
I read this in preparation for the film adaptation that is coming out in June of this year with really no expectations but not in a negative way, I just went in as openly blind as could be and oh my goodness, I think my rating says it all. For someone who rarely dabbles into contemporary nowadays, I was thoroughly shocked at how much I enjoyed this novel. Moyes explores a sensitive topic in a non-generic and exciting way, which made Me Before You a phenomenal read.
The story follows Louisa, or Lou, a 26 year old woman in a small town who, due to unforeseen circumstances, loses her job as a waitress at the Buttered Bun, an independent cafe just below the town’s castle. With her limited experience, she struggles to find anyone who will employ her, let alone someone who will pay her enough to support her mum, dad, granddad, sister and nephew. When all hope seems lost, she eventually finds a job as a carer for Will Traynor, a 30-something quadriplegic whose condition demands 24-hour care. What neither of them know yet is that this job is going to change both of their lives oh so very much. The plot may sound typical but believe me, it is far from that.
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All My Friends are Superheroes – Andrew Kaufman
What a quirky, little read that was. Honestly, that book went by in a flash; a great rainy afternoon read that’s for sure. The story was nothing particularly special but the premise was fun and overall, I was pretty satisfied. Tom is our protagonist and he is unusual in the sense that he’s the only one of his friends who doesn’t have a super power. Nevertheless, he’s still very much immersed into the superhero world, so much so that he marries one, The Perfectionist. However, due to Hypno, the Perfectionist’s ex-boyfriend, on their wedding night, the Perfectionist was hypnotised to believe that Tom was invisible and she hasn’t been able to see him since. There are two parts of the novel; the past and the present. Tom is looking back at his past experiences with all his superhero friends as he attempts to think of a way of showing himself to his wife before she moves away and forgets about him for good.
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