Louisa ‘Lou’ Clark (Emilia Clarke) is a young waitress who finds herself without a job when the cafe she works at decides to close down. Being the sole breadwinner for her family after her father lost his job, she had no choice but to visit the job center. Having had several failed job try-outs, she eventually lands a job as a caretaker for a quadriplegic, Will Traynor (Sam Claflin). Spending most of her time with Will, Lou falls in love with him while learning to appreciate things that she has never experienced before. But everything she had hoped for falls apart when she discovers a secret that challenges the time she has with Will, and the boundaries of her love for him.
Me Before You is based off the New York Times Bestseller of the same name by Jojo Moyes. I had had the book for a while but didn’t really get round to reading it until I heard it was going to be made into a film. I am usually hesitant to do this (after The Maze Runner fiasco) but I’m glad I finished the book before I caught the movie.
In short, the movie didn’t disappoint. Most of what I saw in the film were scenarios from the book and I’m thankful that the impactful scenes didn’t end up on the cutting room floor. I also liked how the message for the film was clear and simple.
The casting for this film couldn’t have been more perfect. I didn’t know if Emilia was able to shed Daenerys for this film but thankfully the Targaryen was nowhere to be found! Emilia Clarke as the quirky Lou was simply brilliant. Her smile, her awkwardness, her crying was like how I imagined Lou to be. In fact, her smile and crying were so infectious that I found myself expressing similar emotions.
Leaving Finnick Odair at home, Sam Claflin took on the difficult role of Will Traynor with ease. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to not move your whole body except for your neck; but Sam managed to do it effortlessly. His chemistry with Emilia was evidently strong and seeing them as Will and Lou made their heart-breaking scenes even harder to digest. I was crying hard during the heart-wrenching scene on the beach with Lou and Will as I felt the reality of the situation between these two characters.
I have to point out that I was feeling a major fandom collision while watching the movie as significant characters from Downton Abbey, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones were interacting with each other; especially Mr Bates as the father of Clara Oswald and Daenerys Targaryen! Tywin Lannister as Finnick Odair’s father and Neville Longbottom + Daenerys Targaryen as a couple was totes weirdly awesome!
Despite the unlikely-but-perfectly put together cast, this tear-jerker of a movie will have even the bearer of the hardest of hearts shedding a tear or two. It will not only give you the feels but it will definitely set you thinking on the idea of living boldly and occasionally putting yourself first before others. It will dare you to love your life fully and treasure every moment you share with another.
We’ve all got one life to live – love it and live it to the fullest.