When Louisa Clark—Lou (Emilia Clarke), as she’s known—unexpectedly loses her waitressing job she must scramble to replace the income that her tight-knit family depends upon. Desperation drives her to take a job as a caregiver to Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a man who used to be a wealthy banker with an adventurous soul, living life to the very fullest, but for whom those days are in the past. After a tragic accident, Will lost the desire to live and now keeps everyone at a distance with his caustic, overbearing attitude. But unlike his family, Lou refuses to tiptoe around him or cater to his moods. In fact, her sparkling personality and easy nature are hard for even Will to ignore, and soon enough each becomes exactly what the other needs.
This film is based on a novel by Jojo Moyes and to be perfectly honest I’m glad that I didn’t know that. For the most part I like to go into movies like this without any knowledge of the premise or if it had been adapted for the simple fact that my mind usually goes straight to the idea that it won’t be better than the book. The plot to the film is one that started off very sweet. It felt a lot like a romantic comedy with montages and the two main characters not connecting initially but eventually realizing that they complimented each other really well. The second half of the film however felt a lot like a drama with the choices and revelation that the characters face. The one thing that I did appreciate about it was the build up. Typically with films like this you will have two people connect then suddenly they’re in a relationship but the way that it was done here was refreshing. They built up the story between them from strangers to friends to better friends and eventually to more than friends. I liked seeing the emotional journey between the two and I hope that this happens a bit more often in movies. It’s things like that that made me feel a bit more connected to Louisa and Will. The film is definitely heartbreaking so I will say prepare yourself for that BUT it’s heartbreaking in a way that is still very hopeful. Clarke and Claflin both have this appeal and chemistry that is undeniable. They, just like their characters, have a great connection and that is key for an immersive film experience. Claflin performed fantastically and did it all while being confined to a motorized wheelchair for pretty much the entire film. Clarke has this presence about her that is infectious. As soon as she steps into a scene and smiles or laughs then as a viewer I can’t help but smile as well. I definitely recommend this film to people. It’s not The Notebook kind of sad but it will definitely tug on your heartstrings but leave you with a smile on your face as well. 8/10
Me Before You: From Page to Screen – This feature is about the work that went into developing the book into a screenplay. The cast also takes a bit about the story and about working with one another.
Outtakes – Even on a film that can be fairly dramatic at times this feature shows that the cast does mess up and still able to have a good time as well.
Deleted Scenes – A few scenes here that are fairly decent but you can see why they were cut from the film.