Thursday, 26 May 2016

Film Review: Me Before You

The amazing gifts that were
put out for viewers last night
at the Curzon Cinema, Mayfair. 
Last night, I was lucky enough to attend a special premier evening screening of Me Before You, the film based on the book by Jo Jo Moyes of the same name.  (Check out the awesome freebies left on our seats!) >>>>>

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
in London.

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.


Young and quirky Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will's cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.
Release dateJune 3, 2016 (United Kingdom)

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