Me Before You

Vivacious, unassuming Lou faces pointed questions of the heart when she takes a job caring for a wealthy, cynical bachelor paralyzed in an accident.

Year: 2016
Certificate: 12
Runtime: 1hr 50m
Director: Thea Sharrock
Starring: Emilia ClarkeSam ClaflinJanet McTeerCharles DanceBrendan CoyleStephen PeacockeMatthew LewisJenna ColemanSamantha SpiroVanessa Kirby

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If you ask my wife to describe me, a word she most definitely wouldn’t use is ‘Romantic’. This is reflected in the majority of the films I watch and especially those I review.
With time off work due to Christmas, it meant more time for movies and the latest movie we watched was “Me Before You”.

Starring Emilia Clarke as the bubbly an chatty Lou who loses her job working in the local café and is desperate for a new job. It isn’t just her that needs the money. Her family needs all the money they can get to pay the bills and allow Lou’s sister to leave and go to college.

With the help of a recruiter, Lou interviews for a job helping a disabled man with his day-to-day activities. None of the heavy stuff, that’s done by Nathan (Stephen Peacock), the physiotherapist.
On her first day, she meets Will (Sam Claflin) a quadriplegic, who until an accident, was quite the adventurer. It’s clear from their first interactions that Will is not a fan of Lou, in fact it transpires, he isn’t a fan of anyone, or anything really. Instead he sits and thinks about the life he used to have before his accident.
It becomes clear early on that Will’s life may not last much longer s Lou takes it upon herself to make whatever time Will has left, the best it can be.

That’s all I can say about “Me Before you” without giving too much away.
Although this film is a little paint by numbers and you won’t be watching a film that takes a whole lot of brain power to understand, it is however pretty entertaining.

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin bounce of each other really well and although they don’t seem difficult characters to portray, they do well with what is a fairly formulaic and simple script.
The rest of the cast is also made up of some well know faces, such as Charles DanceBrendan Coyle, Matthew LewisJenna Coleman, and Vanessa Kirby.

I’m pretty sure I am not the target audience for films like this, but my wife really enjoyed it and it wasn’t a film I wanted to turn off within the first 10 minutes like similar films. They say time flies when you’re having fun and the 1h 50m runtime most certainly flew.
Also, I’d recommend watching with a box of tissues nearby.

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