Me Before You was a very touching romantic drama film based of the novel “Me Before You”. It is about the relationship between William “Will” Traynor, a cynical paralyzed former investment banker, and Louisa “Lou” Clark, Will’s personal caregiver. The film centers around how Lou is able to turn and change Will’s cynical idea around, making him enjoy life as a disabled man again.
On the macro level, I would say that the movie is simple and elegant and showed what it intended to portray. It is that sort of film that you would watch in your spare time, not one that would be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. This film also reminded me of another French film that was also about a paralyzed man and his caregiver called “Intouchables”. The storylines between these two movies are almost identical. The difference between the two is that one is about romantic love and the other is about friendship.
The underlying meaning about this film is for us all to love life. No matter who we are or what we look like, we are always able to accept and enjoy life to its fullest. Will was not able to accept his new self, as he was a rich investment banker that did a variety of fitness activities, but now depends on two people just to get him out of bed. Emotionally and mentally it is very frustrating for him. But Lou, a life loving girl was able to show him that even though his is different now, he is still able to enjoy what this world has to offer. This underlying message is an important one as it is the underlying message of this movie.
Both Emilia Clark, who played Lou, and Sam Claflin, who played Will, were excellent in portraying their respective characters. As it was a highly emotional movie, I was attracted to and felt for the characters in the movie. In the last euthanasia scene, the feelings of sadness of losing Will and the joy/ happiness for Will could be felt in Emilia’s character. It was a very powerful moment which left me in a state of awe and grief.
Considering this was director Thea Sharrock’s debut work in the film industry, I am very impressed with what she had achieved. She has created a very touching story that stayed true in the most simplistic and elegant way. There was no huge twist on it and everything was very black and white. I would definitely recommend watching watching a Saturday night with a glass of wine. You would not regret it.
Overall Rating: 6/10