Me Before You (2016)

I want to start off by saying that I am partial to a quirky chic-flic now and again! I remember seeing the trailer at the cinema and it’s been on my wish list ever since. Needless to say I was disappointed. Lou Clark (played by Emilia Clarke) is a quirky, bubbly character who acquires a role as a carer for quadriplegic Will Traynor (played by Sam Claflin). Will has developed a bitterness for his new life in comparison to his over the top active lifestyle prior to his motorbike accident. Lou is hired on a six month contract. The reason for this becomes quickly apparent when Will has a secret plan for the outcome of his life.

The film has a whirlwind of cliches right from the start. The moment I wanted it to be a cliche… it wasn’t! That moment meant that the film’s ending  (in my opinion) carried an awful message to viewers and people that are potentially in the same situation or could be. I wasn’t too keen on the character Lou and I didn’t find her believable in the slightest. I actually found the stories she told to be incredibly childish and quite annoying. Needless to say, I do think the film tried to portray some ‘not so hidden meanings’ to give the story some depth. For example, both Will and his family are stinking rich, which you could naively think that it could lead him to be happy and can enable him to have a normal life. But then again it’s a massive contradiction that he wouldn’t be able to live like a junk fuelled adrenaline junkie before his accident if he wasn’t well off anyway? I’m really not too sure what to make of this film. I don’t want people to be put off because the film is relatively charming and it’s an easy watch! If I were to rate this film I’d go directly down the middle. 5/10.

“Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle.” – Will Traynor

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