Me Before You: Whimsically Charming

Directed by Thea Sharrock

Based on the novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You is a romantic mellow drama starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin. As with any romantic mellow drama, there will be tears, man tears in my case, and laughs.

This genre truly lies with the chemistry of both the on screen actor and actress. From the trailer Clarke looks delightfully charming with a whimsical sense of adventure. The question is, how charming will this film be, and will sparks fly between Clarke and Claflin?

Louisa Clarke (Emilia Clarke) lives the regular working-class lifestyle supporting her family. When her job gets terminated she must find a new one. A job placement agency matches her as a care giver, more of a companion, to the paralyzed Will Traynor (Sam Claflin). At first Will holds a cold shoulder to Louisa, who has a more positive and bubbly personality. Gradually her personality wears Will down and he accepts her personality. Not to reveal the remaining plot of the film, what I will say is to bring something if your emotions get to you.

The film works in terms of the screenplay adaptation, since the author of the book, Jojo Moyes, is also one of the film's screenwriters. Where this film does not work for me is that it shies away away from taboo subject matter that insights controversy. Though the characters deal with the moral dilemmas that come with it, the chemistry between Clarke and Claflin is spot on and truly shines when the camera focuses on them and their more intimate eyebrow-raising worthy moments. This film is endearing and left me happy and sad as I exited the theatre.

Rating: 3/5


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