A Review by Bonnie DeShong
Hi, my name is Bonnie DeShong and I am a hopeless sucker for romance and happy endings.
So many times I will see a romantic comedy and laugh and know before the film has reached the end that the guy and girl will get back together and live happily ever after and I’m okay with it because it’s a mindless afternoon at the movies. Or, the film is a romantic drama and you cry all the way through it and need a drink afterwards to escape the past two hours of depression.
Me Before You was a wonderful refreshing surprise. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to talk about it after the film ended.
The film is an adaptation of the best-selling novel written by Jojo Moyes, which I haven’t read but am planning on it being my next purchase.
The story takes place in a small town in the English Countryside that comes complete with a castle. Louisa “Lou” Clark played to perfection by Emilia Clarke, is a waitress that must work to help her family. Her father lost his job and her sister has a son but is leaving to continue her education. Lou’s life is on hold but she is such a joyous, loving, just plan sweet girl she does what must be done with a smile. Lou has never left her small town and has been in a seven year relationship with a man who has no idea who she really is.
One day she loses her job and quickly finds another as a caregiver to quadriplegic man named Will Traynor (Sam Claflin). Will is a handsome man who used to have it all, a great job, beautiful fiancé, adventure vacations, and a bright future. He is also very wealthy. He owns the castle in the town. An accident changed his future and his will to live.
Enters Lou with her infectious personality and off we go on a whirlwind of involvement in their story.
Emilia Clarke is so open, honest and giving in this role. I was completely taken over by her personality as Lou. I fell in love with Sam Claflin’s portrayal of Will, the brooding yet polite man who felt he had nothing left to give to anyone.
I won’t spoil this film for you but I will tell you to bring tissue and after the film be prepared to discuss it.
SPEND THE MONEY and see ME BEFORE YOU in the theater. It’s a great date movie but ladies don’t be hard on your guy if he sheds a tear or two.