7:30 PM, 27th July, 2016
Based on the book by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You concerns an enthusiastic young woman, Louisa Clark (Clarke), who is tasked with caretaking for the quadriplegic Will Traynor (Claflin) upon losing her previous job. Louisa shows the suicidal Will that he can still experience new things and be happy despite his disability, and the question becomes whether Will’s time with Louisa will minimise his urge to end his life and instead make him look forward to the future.
The film presents the dilemma as a heartbreaking love story between two people from very different worlds. The storyline attracted great controversy upon its release for portraying the idea that if you are disabled, you may not feel that you are able to live a fulfilling, satisfying life; however, in my opinion, I see the film as one which reflects some of the not-so-talked-about but no less genuine concerns of members of the disabled community.
I would say that the best part about Me Before You is the casting: Emilia Clarke (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) really captures the innocence and lack of ambition of Louisa Clark in the book, whilst Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games series) is perfect at expressing his character’s sense of dark humour.
A great addition to the romantic drama category, and a film which ultimately encourages viewers to live every moment of their lives to the fullest.