In rare cases does an adaption effect me more than the book does.
If you haven’t read the book or have watched the movie BE WARNED THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!
When I read the book last year I was surprised to find myself thinking about Will’s ordeal more than emotionally connected to the characters. In other words I didn’t cry while reading it. In other cases, like 99.9% of them, that would tell you something because I cry of a drop of a hat. That’s just the way I’m built okay, stop judging me!
Lou (Emilia Clarke) has had bad luck with jobs and since she’s the bread winner of her family she needs one desperately. She is offered a job as a companion, no not a whore but a friend. Will (Sam Claflin) is paralyzed from the neck down caused by an accident and has long since given up on life. Will’s mother offers Lou the job to not just be a caregiver to Will but become his friend. Lou is a very friendly and socially awkward tries everything to cheer him up only to result in insults or silence.
Will gives in to Lou consist attempts and begins to enjoy her company. As their friendship blooms Lou stops at nothing to make Will feel alive again. She starts booking trips and little adventures for them. Lou becomes more determined when she learns that Will has made plans to end his life after six months at assist suicide clinic.
One of the things I was glad they changed in the movie was Lou’s sister Treena (Jenna Coleman) who was a total bitch in the book to a pleasant and supportive sister.
A character who was minimized in his dickness but an actor I was super eager to see on screen was Lou’s boyfriend Patrick played by Neville himself Matthew Lewis. Patrick is an obsessive fitness junkie that becomes jealous of the relationship between Lou and Will. Although the pulled away a lot of what really made Patrick the asshole, I enjoyed seeing Matthew Lewis portraying him. He was your typical guy at the gym trying to get you to race on how many reps you can do then gloat about him beating you with time to spare. Come on you know the guy I’m talking about?
Lou takes Will, along with his male nurse Nathan (Stephen Peacocke), to vacation on a island where they kiss for the first time. Will starts to tell her about his plans when she tells him she’s known for months. She then tells him that they could live a happy life when he tells her his mind has not changed. Although up to this point we’ve seen him depressed and then happy with Lou, but he gets sick often and he tells her that it’s heartbreaking when he has to wait on someone to get him out of bed every morning. Or not being able to hold her and do the things a normal person should be able to do. Will tells Lou that he doesn’t want her life to be a disappointment having to take care of him and he will go to Switzerland and go through with the plan.
When they arrive back home, a heart broken Lou leaves him and doesn’t talk to him for days. She learns that he has left for the clinic and her father convinces her to see him one last time. Will is pleased to see her and they say goodbye to each other before he passes away. Time passes and we see Lou is in paris, a place Will loved, with a letter from him. As she’s sitting at a cafe she reads the letter that tells her that he wants her to life her life and has left her some money to follow her dreams.
Now like I said in the beginning, I didn’t cry when I read the book but balled my eyes out while watching the movie. Don’t know rather it was because it was seeing it or that fact that I knew what was coming that broke me. Either way I was dry heaving and pretty sure I needed an oxygen tank. Me Before You makes you not only appreciate how good you have it but makes you think about what you would do if put in that position. Will’s story is one that is judged and frowned upon but we can’t say one thing about it until happens. You sympathize with Will but feel the frustration and hurt that Lou and his parents feel. When a story has the great of an impact it’s done it’s job and the movie made it more powerful and that doesn’t happen often.
It’s definitely the most powerful love story yet, and yes it tops The notebook for me! SHE WATCHES THE LOVE OF HER LIFE DIE!!!! I’m still recovering…I apologize for my outburst.
Me Before You caused me to have an ugly cry and appreciate the book more than I did before. Khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) and Finnick (Sam Claflin) had great chemistry and played their roles perfectly. When it was time to have a bit of comedic relief they delivered it well. Overall I loved the film and would watch it again then eat a whole of ice cream!