A short illness had prevented me from going to see Me Before You on opening night, but after a week of recuperation, I decided that today would be the day. I had planned ahead for my viewing of this highly anticipated film by bringing a box of tissues with me, but no amount of planning could've prepared me for the film's sheer brilliance. Tears and emotion aside, Me Before You chronicles an incredible story of two completely different people who fall in love under the most unique of circumstances. Check out the trailer here:
If you're contemplating a cinema trip but are unsure of what to see, allow me to enlighten you with reasons why you should take that leap and buy a ticket for the amazing Me Before You.
1. The Story
Me Before You is not your typical love story. In fact, some would argue that it's not a love story at all. The movie follows Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) who, after finding herself unemployed, takes a job as a care assistant to Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) — a young quadriplegic man. The pair become close and enjoy adventures together, ultimately growing as people because of their influences on one another. I won't give too much away, but the film definitely poses several interesting questions, and it's entirely possible that you'll leave the movie theater with a new outlook on life.
2. The Characters
Me Before You features some of the most well-written characters committed to film this year. Louisa is full of depth. From her flamboyant sartorial choices to the words that come out of her mouth, the character is magnificent. Similarly, we get a sense of who Will is early on the film — arrogant and rather angry, but understandably so. What's interesting is that both characters develop dramatically over the course of the film, and by the final moment, they are completely changed from the people they were at the beginning of the film.
3. The Script
Young adult romance isn't a genre often praised for its scripts, but I have to say that one of the best things about Me Before You was, indeed, its writing. With Jojo Moyes having authored the novel this film was adapted from, the script of Me Before You is truly magnificent. The dialogue is wonderful, specifically the conversations between the two leads. Reminiscent of everyday life, the dialogue is perfect for such romantic fare. A particular scene in which Lou launches into a rant during a conversation with Will was as close to real life as one could get on paper. The characters are relatable and nothing felt out of the ordinary.
Moreover, the pacing was perfect and everything felt like it happened appropriately; nothing felt rushed and the story never lost my interest. Hollywood should take note and perhaps Moyes should allow for more feature film adaptations of her work. After all, it's her vision and the script she penned for Me Before You couldn't have been more perfect if producers had hired a big-name scriptwriter. Moyes' writing is nothing short of wonderful.
4. Emilia Clarke
I'm a fan of both Clarke and her Game of Thrones character, but what's interesting about her performance in Me Before You is that she plays a completely different, unrecognizable role. I never found myself thinking, "Oh look, there's Dany from Game of Thrones," and one could be forgiven for not recognizing her at all. Arguably the best thing about Me Before You, Clarke is magnificent and her performance is one of the main reasons that I urge you to go see this film. Many forget that Clarke is a two-time Emmy-nominated actress and her performance in this film certainly highlights her abilities. I love how Clarke is showing the world how versatile she is — none of her roles ever feel like something she's already done. As we soon prepare to move into a post-Game of Thrones world, she will undoubtedly thrive and I cannot wait to see her next performance!
5. Sam Claflin
I've never seen Claflin in a movie before, but his performance in Me Before You makes me want to go back and watch his entire catalogue. He delivers a powerful performance, breaking our hearts in one moment and making us laugh out loud in the next. Claflin is a fantastic actor and the chemistry between him and Clarke was evident throughout the movie. I look forward to watching many more films with him in the leading role.
6. A Good Cry!
We all need a good cry every now and then and Me Before You definitely ticks all the boxes in that department. It's a beautifully written, well-acted motion picture that will leave you grasping for the entire tissue box by the time the credits roll. I can't remember the last time I left a film theater with tears streaming down my face — Me Before You is that good.
For those of you who were disappointed with Clarke's noticeable absence during this week's episode of Game of Thrones, then a cinema trip to see Me Before You is exactly what you need. Or perhaps you're simply wanting an enjoyable film that doesn't involve superheroes or explosions; either way, you'll benefit from seeing this film. I don't want to sound all clichéd, but Me Before You definitely changed me a little, and for that I'm grateful. But I'm equally as grateful that, for once, a film turned out to be equally as good — if not better — than the trailer made it out to be. I hate to be that person that praises everything, but I cannot find fault with Me Before You. I've seen a lot of films this year, but this one stayed with me. What can I say? I love a good script. Me Before You is an instant classic that you can watch again and again, so what are you waiting for? Go see it. You won't be disappointed.
Are you going to take a cinema trip to see Me Before You? If you've seen it already, what did you think? Tell me in the comment section below!