Me Before You(2016)
- RatedPG13 /GenreDrama
Emilia Clarke journeys out of Westeros for another big-screen outing, but the Mother of Dragons sheds her tough-cookie exterior that we’re familiar with in ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Terminator: Genisys’, and puts on colourful fuzzy sweaters and polka-dot shoes in a romantic comedy drama.
Based on Jojo Moyes best-selling book of the same name, ‘Me Before You’ follows the relationship between Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) — a former high-powered executive put in a wheelchair by a motorcycle accident — and his plucky caregiver, Louisa Clark (Clarke).
Like chalk and cheese, the pair are exact opposites as Lou has an unnatural rosy outlook on life while Will is consumed with bitterness. How the relationship develops between Will and Louisa is absolutely fascinating.
A clash of personalities ensues, throwing each other off-balance but Louisa is determined to help Will break out of the immovable mental prison he puts himself in as well as the limitations of his wheelchair.
Directed by Thea Sharrock, ‘Me Before You’ is an emotional tear-jerker that is surprisingly funny as well; no thanks to Clarke’s winning turn as a bumbling ne'er-do-well with a heart of gold.
Clarke’s Louisa is as colourful and chirpy as her vivid outfits, and the actress deftly added depth and heft to what could just be a stock character. Her effervescence and sincerity to her character not only won Will’s heart but ours as well.
Sam Claflin also turns in a credible performance as the wheelchair-bound Will, giving the role surprising emotional layers.
‘Me Before You’ takes its time to establish the rapport between the two leads but does so neatly to eventually make us believe that love is always the answer.
Like its source material, Moyes - who also wrote the screenplay - enriches her characters as they react to the most ordinary and even challenging of situations.
What we also loved about it is how it is about two people falling in love and becoming more themselves while doing so.
But its most captivating aspect is not how Louisa helps Will overcome his depression and outlook on life. It's how Will helps Louisa to realise her potential.
‘Me Before You’ opens 2 June 2016