Director: Thea Sharrock
Release Date: June 3, 2016
Duration: 110 minutes
My Rating: 10/10
Overview: Louisa Clark is a small-town English girl. She works, comes home and does it all over again the next day. She lives an ordinary life with no aspirations of becoming extraordinary. However, once she takes a caregiving position for Will Traynor, a former play-boy now haunted by his life as a paraplegic, she beings to learn more about life, love and herself.
Once you see this movie, you will never be the same.
What I loved: As I write this review, I am sitting on my couch, wine bottle in hand. Yes, bottle, not glass. I just finished seeing Me Before You with my friend Tara and we cried. Actually, we ugly-cried tears almost as big as those we shed during The Fault In Our Stars.
This movie is absolutely everything I could have dreamt it to be and more. The book was amazing, but as an extremely rare occurrence, the movie is even better. It's a magical event when a book you love comes to life on the big screen and is so impeccably done. Jojo Moyes wrote a lovely novel and honored it by keeping the screenplay just as enamoring.
Sam Claflin (Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White and the Huntsman) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Terminator: Genisys) hold the starring roles. Their chemistry is flawless , and I couldn't have asked for a better Lou and Will. Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom... enough said) also played a perfect rendition of Patrick.
The movie follows the book extremely well and any character or scene left out was surely not missed. And even though I almost always knew what was going to happen next, it was breathtaking and heartbreaking all the same. Not to mention the score and the soundtrack bring the story to life even further: Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Ed Sheeran and more.
Claflin also did a phenomenal job physically acting out his role. If we hadn't known better, we could have believed he was truly paralyzed.
The movie made me laugh and certainly made me cry, however, it's not simply a love story. No, it's so much more than a love story. It's about learning to love yourself and to never let life pass you by.
Go see this movie ASAP and bring tissues, lots of tissues.
What I didn't: How much it made me cry.
Check out my spoiler-free review of the book here before you see the movie!