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Me Before You 2016

by Maria July 28, 2016 1 comment
Me Before You 2016

 Me Before You 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Duration:  110 min
Director: Thea Sharrock
Writers: Jojo Moyes (screenplay & novel)
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Matthew Lewis, Charles Dance
Rated PG 13

I couldn’t wait to see Me Before You 2016 ever since Khaleesi herself, aka Emilia Clarke, posted the trailer on her Instagram. And reading the book also provided a strong motivation. I saw this movie with a friend at Regal Union Square Stadium 14 in Manhattan after a delicious dinner and although there were no reclining seats, I couldn’t care less.

ABOUT Me Before You 2016


Me Before You 2016 is a romantic drama film based on the very successful book by the same name written by Jojo Moyens and published in 2012.

Unambitious, quirky but very charming 26-year-old Louisa Clark is laid off from the cafe where she worked for the past 6 years and is forced to look for a new job. She ends up in the employ of the Traynor family, looking after their paraplegic son, Will. She soon finds out that he already has a very experienced caretaker nurse and that she is there to be a ray of sunshine in Will’s dark world.

Will was once a financial whiz who lived an extremely active life before being involved in a traffic accident 2 years back. The accident left him disabled and in mourning for his once wonderful life. He struggles with chronic pain, declining health and an extreme lack of will to live. Which is why he decided to end his own life through assisted suicide in Switzerland and gave his parents 6 months to bring him there to do so.

The movie tells the story of Louisa’s and Will’s unfolding friendship, and her attempts to make him love life again and see that his life is worth living.

Louisa is played by Emilia Clarke, the one and only queen of dragons of Game of Thrones, while Will is played by Sam Claflin, who played heartthrob Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games franchise.

The movie, as well as the book, caused a lot of controversy due to its portrayal of disabled people in that it commissions people to think “would my life be worth living if I were bound to live that way”?

OPINION Me Before You 2016


I’ve put off reviewing the movie for a while now. I’ve read the book and loved it as it offered a refreshing perspective not only on living with a disability but also on assisted suicide. It offered a good, detailed look into both Louisa’s and Will’s lives and how they subsequently change. Consequently, I wanted to write a review that would do it justice. Then I realized, the movie and the book do not approach the issues in a similar way.

The book really looks into the minds and the hearts of the characters, what makes them live the way they do, and ultimately what would make Will stop living. The book’s romantic side is what the movie is more focused on. That is most likely because the filmmakers thought it would cause an even greater debacle than the book did when it came out. Also because romance sells more than a good topic of conversation.

The romance isn’t overwhelming, however. There is a love triangle, which is nothing new in this universe, but the context in which it happens is original and fresh. Even though Louisa’s boyfriend is immature and unthoughtful, you can’t help but feel a bit sorry for him once Will and Louisa become closer and develop feelings for each other.

Ultimately, I wish it took a bolder and more honest route in its adaptation of the novel by Jojo Moyes and that it delved deeper into the characters and what motivates them to behave the way they do. Watching them, and understanding them on the screen would have been easier, and most likely less annoying for some. Especially those that don’t enjoy Lou’s quirkiness or fashion choices, or Will’s ultimate decision.

All in all, if you watch the movie with a clear and judgment free mind, between Will’s charming smile and Emilia’s seductive sweetness, you won’t be able to help yourself feel something for the characters and most likely fall in love with them.

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