Film Review: Me Before You

A few nights ago, we saw Me Before You on TV. It’s based on the book of the same name by Jojo Moyes.

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.

I did enjoy the film. I liked the characters but I wondered about some things. First, why oh why did Will have to do an impression of Daniel Day Lewis’s character in My Left Foot as soon as Lou met him for the first time? I did not find this funny at all. It was disrespectful towards those of us with CP. And anyway, Will is a character with a spinal injury, not CP.

Another thing- and this is the second film I have seen with the clichéd rich person-has-their-life-turned-round-by-an-accident theme where the bouse is huge enough and well-adapted to the person to be able to live there. There was the expensive powerchair (which I recognised as the Permobil F5) as well as the private jet.

That aside, though, the reason I wanted to see the film was because I wanted to put faces to the story of one of Jojo Moyes’ popular books and it looked so romantic from the trailer. Lou is funny, quirky and upbeat while Will is serious but then starts to show his romantic side which is evident right to the end.

What we noticed was the ease with which the powerchair got up quite a steep slope at the castle which was impressive and also Lou’s care of will was well done, but with humour in there, too, and the romantic moments between them were just so powerful. The knowledge of spinal injury (or what I know) was well-represented too which made for a believable film.

I’m glad this was on TV and I recommend it. Me Before You is romantic, realistic and unmissable, I just have to listen to the book now.


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