Once in awhile I really like a good sappy romance film. When I was invited to a screening of “Me Before You” I decided to make it a girl’s night out with my sister-in-law Kelly. I didn’t know much about the film bit heard it was British, had Khaleesi from Game of thrones and figured it was going to make me cry Nicholas Sparks style. That was confirmed when we arrived at the theater to be handed mini tissue packs as a giveaway.
Official film synopsis:
Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go…Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up. That is until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for, and find their lives—and hearts—changing in ways neither one could have imagined.
The movie was was set up as typical romance film in a quaint English town. As per Romeo and Juliet fashion the two main characters are from different worlds. Lou (Clarke) is a quirky young woman who likes to dress in bizarre outfits and helps support her family by working at a tea shop. Will (Claflin) is a handsome and insanely rich bachelor who used to live a perfect successful life, until an accident has left his disabled, depressed and cynical. When Lou loses her job at the tea shop she is brought in to interview for a position posted by Will’s mum. Although she has no skills she is hired to become a “caretaker”, really a companion that Will wants no part of. Lou’s positive spirit becomes even more determined to do a good job and trudges to work day after day in smiles and bright outfits. Finally after dealing with Will’s rudeness every day she snaps and calls him out on his behavior. This is the turning point that a relationship starts building. Will starts teaching Lou about finer things she has never been able to experience, while she teaches him about being able to enjoy life even in tough circumstances all while growing closer together.
I enjoyed that this took some time to build up and felt authentic, where other movie plots seem to go from just meeting to madly in love almost instantly. I enjoyed the characters and found many moments to have relatable funny moments and nothing was too sappy. Interactions felt real and there was a fine balance of happy moments together mixed with times of Will’s life being so tragic. The movie had a slightly different ending that I was expecting, I was fully prepared for sniffles and figured it would end sadly but it did seem to end kind of uneventfully. But overall I think the film was enjoyable and had a good pace with the story.
This movie is best for: I would suggest not dragging your significant other to the movie, there isn’t enough to keep him entertained like action scenes or comedy. But do go take your girlfriends or mum and enjoy the journey of “Me Before You”.
Official movie site: http://mebeforeyoumovie.com/#/