Me Before You (2016)


Drama | Romance


Thea Sharrock




Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Brendan Coyle, Jenna Coleman, Matthew Lewis, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Vanessa Kirby, Steve Peacocke, Samantha Spiro, Joanna Lumley


Small town girl Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) is hired to take care of Will (Sam Claflin), a quadriplegic young man who hates everyone around him. Despite the rocky start, their relationship grows over time.


I'll start by saying that I haven't read the book because, you know, romances aren't my thing. I still wanted to give the film a try though, because it seems to be the romance of the year. But I wasn't completely sold by it.

A little entertaining, "Me Before You" ultimately is nothing but a cheesy chick flick that fails to treat its subject properly.

The story isn't anything special really, and you can guess how it is going to end, leaving those like me who haven't read the book waiting for any kind of twist to come. But it manages to hold your attention for the entire running time, which is a lot considering that the story isn't that emotionally charged.

The characters aren't anything special either. Louisa has no real characteristics, she's just an chatty girl wearing weird clothes and shoes. And also acting a little weird. And not so much intelligent, as she says in the film. Then there's Will, a complete asshole that uses a lot of sarcasm but that is never really funny.

The really annoying thing though, is how the film - and I suppose the book as well - deals with being disabled and the message that sends: apparently when paralyzed you have nothing to give and the only thing you can do is kill yourself.

Anyway, let's go back onto the good things. The scenery for example is outstanding, but I guess I have to thank England for that. But at least the cinematographer managed to do it justice.

And finally there's the cast. What I loved the most about this film is the undeniable chemistry between Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. It is just magical, and basically chemistry-goal for any romantic film. The acting however wasn't that outstanding. I love Emilia Clarke basically because she plays my favourite character on "Game of Thrones", but all those eyebrows movements are beyond annoying. And I've noticed it's was she does in real life too. So was she acting or being herself?


  1. I have no desire to see this flick because even the trailers scream romance yawn. I think I am right from your review