After losing her job as a waitress, a young woman named Lou (Emilia Clarke) is hired to act as a caregiver for Will (Sam Claflin), a banker who was paralyzed in an accident. Although Will has grown despondent since his injury, Lou's no-nonsense ways force him to reconnect with life, and the pair eventually develop feelings for each other. Theater director Thea Sharrock makes her feature directorial debut with this romantic drama, which was adapted from the best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes.~Jack Rodgers
Addresses an issue that far too many people have had to face and does so in a heartfelt way. The characters are lovable -- you root for them through insurmountable odds, gain a perspective of how the realities in life that are dealt can change one's path in an instant...and respect that a right to choices we could never imagine having to make for ourselves...or by our loved ones belongs to us and our loved ones alone.
A remarkable story for our times.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I bought this movie (even though it was not on sale during Black Friday/weekend). Emilia Clarke is a phenomenal actress and she did a fantastic job in this movie. My kids made me buy this movie after they read the book. The only thing I would complain was that the bluray container was broken when it arrived.
It's not often that a movie truly moves me to tears and when they do, they are unforgettable. This beautiful film should come with a warning to have tissues on hand. It is a sweet and heartbreaking romance and no, it doesn't have your typical happily ever after but that is what makes it so beautiful and sad. The acting is wonderful and there is plenty of humor and touching moments. Some people may be critical because it does address legalized assisted suicide but it's done so in a way that is realistic regarding terminally ill or severely incapacitated individuals. I loved both the movie and book but I should warn those who read the book but haven't seen the movie yet, there are plots and characters that didn't make it into the film - Will's sister is not a character in the film and the trauma that Louisa experienced is NOT in this film. But if you read the book, you will notice moments that allude to Louisa avoiding what happened in her past. It might have been an overwhelming film to include her plot - it worked better in the book.
I love this movie, it one of my favorites. A different and real story.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
A Tearjerker that Earns Its Tears
If you're buying a ticket to Me Before You you know what you're getting yourself into. The movie itself, based on the novel by Jojo Moyes (who also penned the screenplay) and directed by first time feature director Thea Sharrock, knows what it is and has no qualms with embracing the tropes of the romantic drama genre. Its ultimate goal is to have tears flowing from your eyes as you leave the theater and if you are indeed buying a ticket to Me Before You and subsequently crying as the credits roll you are probably happy with said purchase. That is what audiences are looking for from a movie like this and for the most part, Me Before You delivers. What isn't necessarily expected from such a film, but that Me Before You tends to deliver in spades, is an endearing quality of humanity. It isn't anything new to find a relative nature to the characters at the core of the conflict in movies such as this, but with our two leads here Moyes smartly adds another layer to their relationship that takes it beyond being non-traditional and not just based on if issues of the heart will keep them together or draw them apart. Rather, this caveat elevates the story to one that forces us to contemplate the courage needed to redirect a life that has been thrown completely off course. That may sound slightly dramatic in itself given the tone this film initially takes on is quite affable, but when it comes down to it-when the relationship has been developed and the tears inevitably shed there is left a large amount of respect for Me Before You for not only embracing the recurring archetypes of its genre, but for daring to try to improve upon them. Whether this be through the act of stronger characterization in our female lead than typically seen, the sometimes downright dislikable nature of the male lead or the generally high quality of acting on display-there is something pedigreed and understated about the final product that allows skeptical audiences to appreciate its willingness to improve upon acknowledged tropes while pleasing the target audience in a way they may not have known to be possible before. All in all, Me Before You is a tearjerker that earns that title through improving on and adding to the familiar while still hitting every box on the genre checklist.