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Me Before You Movie Review

Updated on April 9, 2017


Louisa Clark: Emilia Clarke

Will Traynor: Sam Claflin

Patrick: William Lewis

Steve Traynor: Charles Dance

Camilla Traynor: Janet McTeer

“So this is it. You are scored on my heart, Clark. You were from the first day you walked in, with your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you feel.” - Jojo Moyers. Me Before You, was released June 2016 by MGM Studios, and was directed by Thea Sharrock. The film is based on the novel, Me Before You by Jojo Moyers. The main characters of the novel and the film, Louisa Clark, and Will Traynor drive the dramatic romance that shouldn't be. The film is shot beautifully with camera work that reminds me of the shots in, The Faults In Our Stars.

The movie starts with Louisa, played by Emilia Clark, as she is looking for work to help support her family since her father was laid off. After many failed attempts she finds a job caring for a disabled man, Will Traynor, played by Sam Claflin. While she is working for Will we can see that he is quite moody and depressed over his resentment of being disabled. Their relationship starts out rocky because of his resentment. As the story progresses Will becomes more happy, and open under Lou’s care. All is well until Lou discovers Will’s agreement with his mother, Camilla, to wait six months before he decides to end his life. This from what my friends have experienced brought tears to viewers in theaters, especially when viewers found out about his assisted suicide. After finding this out Lou prompts herself and Camilla to let Will make a “bucket list” to try and convince Will that his life is worth living, but through the process Lou and Will fall for each other.

The film does come off as controversial and has mixed reviews because disability activists claim the movie “has a negative and hopeless attitude towards the disabled”. The film also has dark and tragic undertones of disability and assisted suicide, in the other hand I find the movie to be humorous, witty, and poignant. In the most lovely manner Emilia and San deliver witty lines that make you fall in love with the moody Will and optimistic Lou and her bee themed wardrobe.

The one thing that's the viewer could possibly get sick of seeing Emilia Clark raising her eyebrows followed by the top row of her teeth. Due to her being nauseatingly nice and overly optimistic all the time, and the fact she won’t leave her douche bag of her boyfriend who is completely selfish. Also the fact that it can come off as being too cheesy at times to where you wish you could pause it to take a five minute break and get back to reality. Another draw back to the film adaptation is one of the most important scenes from the novel that shows us another side of Louisa Clark was cut out. If you've read the book you know what I;m talking about, but if you haven't I won't spoil it.

In conclusion, the movie is a solid seven and a half out of ten popcorn buckets. I loved the theme the movie portrayed and the actors that starred in the movie, but as someone who's read the book and watched the movie, the book surpasses the movie by far.


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