Movie Review : Me Before You

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Adapted from the best-selling novel, 26-year-old Louisa (Clarke) finds herself unemployed and willing to give anything a go as her family rely on her financial support. By the time she interviews as a care-taker for the paralysed (Claflin), she is desperate for the job and the money.

Lou is bright, bubbly and very chatty. Will is none of these things. When she shows up for her first day of work, things don’t go too well and as her position has no real job description, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen.

Okay it’s a rom-com so we know what’s going to happen but it’s all about the journey, isn’t it.

Will Traynor is very wealthy and his family own the local castle. Prior to his accident, he led a very successful and physically active life in London with his girlfriend. Now he is confined to a wheelchair and living back at home with his parents, Will has lost all desire to live, feeling he is now living someone else’s life, not his own.

This very serious issue is addressed in the movie and has caused some controversy in recent weeks. My only opinion on this will be to state that as in all things, I believe a person has the right to choose what he or she does with his or her own life and body.

So …. it is back at the castle Will lives and into this environment that Lou finds herself suddenly adrift. A lesser woman may have been overwhelmed and fled at Will’s first sneering comment but not Lou. This girl needs this job and it’s not long before she realises that Will needs her too.

The pair embark on a remarkable and often funny journey together that will have you smiling and laughing almost the entire time.

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This movie could easily have allowed itself to be yet another self-indulgent weepie chick flick, playing out the same overused trope we have become accustomed to seeing. And no there is nothing wrong with a weepie but sometimes you just want more. Am I right?

So carried on by the amazing chemistry between the two lead actors, what results is the surprisingly moving story of two young people, absolute opposites in every way, on a journey of self discovery. Geez, that doesn’t sound too original, huh. But trust me, it is.

Emilia Clarke is so adorable in this movie, I wanted to pick her up and squeeze her. She is sweet, funny, quirky, lovable and acts with her eyebrows to the point of distraction. I love seeing her in a role so removed from Dany in Game of Thrones and Sarah Connor in Terminator. Sam Claflin is very good too but this is Emilia’s movie.

I really loved this movie and will go and see it again. It’s uplifting, funny and a little sad but very, very real. It doesn’t shy away from the big issues and neither does it diminish the value of anyone’s existence. Grab your BFF and make a night of it.

4 1/4 stars

Love Sue-Ellen xx

Director : Thea Sharrock

Starring : Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Vanessa Kirby, Brendan Coyle, Charles Dance, Samantha Spiro, Jenna Coleman, Alan Breck, Matthew Lewis, Stephan Peacocke

Running Time : 110 minutes

Release Date :  June 16

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