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Published July 10th 2016
Time to get the tissues out
Me Before You is one of the most beautiful and heart-breaking love stories to come to the big screen, since the last incarnation of Romeo and Juliet, but it is certainly not your average 'chick flick".
Me Before You is the must see romantic tale of the year
Based on the best selling book of the same name, by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You is a story of love, loss, change and the importance of "living boldly".
Directed by Thea Sharrock and written by Jojo Moyes, this gem of a film is mostly set in the very pretty English countryside, with all its wonderful features, including a lovely little town, vast fields, which are perfect for a romantic picnic for two and even the fascinating ruins of an old castle, making it a feast for the eyes, as well as the mind.
Staring the wonderfully talented Emilia Clarke (who you may know best from Game of Thrones) as Louisa (Lou) Clark, a unique, 'chatty' and very pretty girl, who, after losing her long time job at the local cafe and going to an interview for a carers job out of desperation, is hired on the spot. But she did not expect to be looking after the extremely arrogant, yet devilishly handsome Will Traynor, played by Sam claflin (best known for his role in The Hunger Games), who after leading a very successful and outgoing life, has become a quadriplegic, after not looking before attempting to cross the street.
Will has made the tough decision to die, by assisted suicide in six months time and his poor mother is willing to do anything she can to make him change his mind, so she hires "Lou" in the hopes that her cheery disposition will help her son to accept his new life and be happy again.
Will takes some time to open up to Lou, but it doesn't take too long for her uniquely positive outlook on life to rub off on him and they soon begin to embark on day trips, which Will had previously never been interested in and despite Lou being in a relationship with her thoughtless boyfriend, Patrick, played by Matthew Lewis, (best known for his role in the Harry Potter series), Will and Lou begin to develop serious feelings for each other. But is it enough to make Will change his outlook on life enough to keep on living?
While this film does deal with some very touchy subjects, which may put off many potential viewers, I highly recommend it, as this is more than just a tragic romance. Instead it is an exceedingly emotional, insightful and thought provoking film, which just might even change the way you look at life.
I have not yet had the pleasure of reading the book, but after seeing this film, I am definitely inspired to seek it out, as well as its sequel: After You, which I am very much hoping the cast and crew of this film will come back together to adapt into a film, as I am not yet ready to say goodbye to its fantastic set of characters.
Me Before You is rated PG and is not recommended for children under the age of 15, as it contains mild themes, sexual references and coarse language.