|The amazing gifts that were|
put out for viewers last night
at the Curzon Cinema, Mayfair.
It was a very tender film, a life affirming film in many ways, although there is a quiet wave of disquiet as to how the film portrays an over-romanticised version of the situation. Aside from this, I think the film is for the main part sensitively and delicately done; it challenges assumptions, and shows (just) one of the many various responses that there is towards becoming disabled after a very active life. The story is clearly an exploration of the power of love, which sometimes involves love giving us the strength to let go, as much as it does to fight on.
|Sam Claflin hosting the special|
premier night screening of
Me Before You last night
It is clear the book (and the film) are a very contemporary reworking of the Jane Eyre novel, or at least that was the heritage link I couldn't shake. Interestingly, I have always hated the outcome of Jane Eyre, thinking Rochester a bit of an ass, only embracing Jane when he was in a position of terrible emotional need. In this way, Me Before You, held a much better (if not incredibly tearful) conclusion. Will both reclaims his own life, and empowers and enables Louisa to claim hers, too.
Will and Louise were beautifully played, and I couldn't help but be charmed by them. I would definitely recommend going to see this film, although it comes with a warning to take tissues.