Review: Me Before You
Director: Thea Sharrock
Me Before You is your stock standard rom-com chick flick. Based on the 2012 novel by Jojo Moyes of the same name, starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), this movie boasts its up and coming big British actors but lacks the punch of a realistic plot to use their talents. It’s merely mindless entertainment with a big ass budget.
Louisa ‘Lou’ Clark (Emilia Clarke) is a 26-year-old, desperate to find a job to help her parents make ends meet. Her bright and cheerful personality is tested when she is employed to look after the sarcastic Willaim ‘Will’ Traynor (Sam Claflin) who, in an unfortunate accident, has become a full-body-paraplegic and for some reason is incredibly in-shape for his disability.
Me Before You has everything that defines a Hollywood blockbuster – big actors, a decent script, beautiful sets and an unrealistic expectation of real life. Will is smart, funny, incredibly good looking and incredibly rich. Lou believes her love is enough to take Will’s mind off the pain and agony of having his old able-bodied life taken away from him.
Did they only make Will all of these things to make him more palatable to an able-bodied audience? Yes, most definitely. If he wasn’t rich and good looking, this movie wouldn’t have a story people would listen to.
The actors were decent and believable with what they were given. The amount of emotion Emilia Clarke poured into her character was wonderful. I cried multiple times from her acting, setting aside how ridiculous her character’s goals were. However, her forehead was going mental. I need to learn how Clarke keeps her forehead so smooth after furrowing her brows for so long. I didn’t even know eyebrows could move from three different points – let alone want to see her eyebrows move from three different points the entire film.
Her energy with Sam Claflin was what any lover of a good chick-flick would hope for. These two played off each other beautifully.
Although at times I was disappointed in the romanticising of William’s disability, I was moved by the story and did enjoy it in the end. Me Before You is a love story centred around living life to your fullest and knowing that “giving up” doesn’t mean you’ve lost, but simply that you’re taking a new direction in your life.
It’s definitely a tearjerker so remember to bring a box of tissues with you.