Title: Me Before You
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Director: Thea Sharrock
Starring: Emilia Clarke • Sam Claflin • Janet McTeer • Steve Peacocke
Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.
Me Before You book-to-movie adaptation was brilliant! I absolutely adored it! I do not lie when I say I was grinning since the movie started until it starts to get sad, very near the end. View Spoiler »When Louisa tells Will she knows about Dignitas (suicide place). « Hide Spoiler The rest, I was just smiling like a dufus and a very proud dufus!
I’m always so skeptical of book-to-movie adaptations because they are rarely done well and given justice to the book. While there were a few things that changed and other aspects of the story weren’t included, the movie turned to be pretty fantastic. Emilia Clarke brought Louisa to life. I knew she would from the movie trailer, but watching Emilia transform herself into Louisa with all the weird quirks that Louisa possess’ really showed how great of an actress Emilia is. And Sam Claflin! He really did Will Traynor justice, from his rigid posture (he can’t move) to his rude attitude, to letting go and being carefree… He was brilliant and without a doubt he was born to play Will Traynor.
3 DIFFERENCES FROM THE BOOK
- Something I really liked that was shown more in the movie than in the book was the relation that
Papa Lannister(sorry, he’ll always be Papa Lannister to me) Mr. Traynor had with Will’s situation. In the book, there’s a reason for why he’s not very present, but this particular situation isn’t shown in the movie. View Spoiler »He spends more time with another woman, cheating on Mrs. Traynor. « Hide Spoiler I actually preferred how it was done in the movie so I’m glad that tidbit of information wasn’t included on the screen.
- Louisa and Katrina’s sibling relationship is actually bad in the book. They are always fighting, rarely agree on anything. In the movie, their relationship is portrayed as one of two sisters being best friends and always there for each other, which I very much liked because Louisa has a lot on her plate already.
- When Louisa opens up to Will about how she feels, in the book it’s done in a public place. In the movie, the setting changed but it is still so very emotional.
I have one issue: I wish I hadn’t read the book before seeing the movie. I feel like the movie held more impact and was more emotional than the book. I wish I had been one of those at the theater who were full on sobbing and feeling everything for the first time. When I read the book, I didn’t cry because while it was very sad, it felt monotone to me. Watching it on the big screen, seeing the emotions on the actors, it made an impact and I did get tears in my eyes and had to wipe my eyes because I did not wore water-proof mascara and I didn’t want to look like a raccoon. Note: If you’re a girl, have water-proof everything. Knowing what was about to happen, took away from my emotional level, but it still made me cry so that’s saying something.
Overall, the movie was outstanding, poignant, comical and it surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend everyone to go watch this because you won’t regret it.
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