I feel the way about Me Before You the way some people feel about horror films. you sometimes hear the words ‘why would I want to be scared out of choice?’, and when thinking about this film, I would say ‘why would I want to be really upset out of choice?’ Making people cry profusely seems to be the only purpose of this film, and outside of that, I’m not sure what audiences are meant to get out of this viewing experience. So naturally, I watched it.
After an accident involving a motorcycle, rich playboy daredevil Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) is paralysed from the neck down, and more or less loses the will to live. Lou Clarke (Emilia Clarke) is in her mid-twenties, and just got fired from her job. With no real qualifications, she somehow gets the job of being a full-time carer for Will. The more time they spend together, the less difficult he becomes, and just maybe, she can convince him that there’s more to live for than he thinks.
There’s one big issue I had with this film, and that’s Emilia Clarke. Every scene she’s in is horribly overacted, and she seems to be completely incapable of any subtlety on any level. Her role here goes through pretty much every emotion imaginable, and each of them is a caricature of how a real person would act in any given situation. she also clearly struggles with comic delivery, and all of her ‘funny’ moments fall completely flat. All of that being said, this could be the way her character was meant to be played, and it might not be her fault at all. The rest of the cast are fine, but her character should have been the strongest and most dramatic role.
Outside of that, this story isn’t very interesting. It’s obvious where the plot is headed from the start, and there seems to be a lot of scenes that just take up more time, and with a runtime of almost two hours, they simply aren’t needed. On top of that, they don’t really address the fact that Lou cheats on her boyfriend with Will, but it’s ok because he’s in a wheelchair and it makes people cry.
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