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Published July 21st 2016
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Please be advised that the following critique contains major spoilers.

Fifteen and a half thousand people have thus far given this Thea Sharrock film a weighted average rating of 7.7/10 stars IMDB. Before you decide that seeing Me Before You may be a good idea, let me convince you otherwise.

Me Before You (2016) is a film adaptation of Jojo Moyes's book of the same name. It follows the story of a humble and cute-to-cutesy young woman named Lou. Played by Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones and Terminator Genesys), the aptly named Louisa Clark works at a local café to help support her battler parents. When Lou is laid off, her unemployed father panics and so does she.

Desperate to find work, Lou heads to a local job centre where she is offered an opportunity that is sure to lift her out of the pits. Innocently, Lou seizes the opportunity to work as the carer of a young quadriplegic man maimed in his prime.

Played brilliantly by Sam Claflin, the English actor best known for his portrayal of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Will Traynor is an impossible man. Afraid of letting others in, Will is hell-bent on keeping everybody close to him at arm's length—including Lou.

Not too perturbed, Lou maintains a cheery air with all manner of interesting dress. Here, a nod to the costume department is in order. And, while Will's parents take an instant liking to Lou, Will betrays nothing but mere tolerance for here—to begin with, of course. As you would expect, Will's cool exterior begins to melt as Lou spends more and more time with him.

Spending so much time with Will, Lou accidently becomes privy to Will's decision to euthanise himself, and she, herself, becomes hell-bent on convincing Will to choose life instead of death by planning and executing with him a bucket list.

The film does a brilliant and poignant job of portraying the kinds of challenges and suffering Will's character must endure as a quadriplegic man. But some may say the film falls short of portraying the equally important joys the disabled character experiences.

The verdict: the characters are lovable though mildly irritating, the setting is stunning and so are her costumes, the humour is candid, and the concerns raised are valid. But, the film seems a bit lacking. In what? Let us know what you think.

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Rating: PG-13
Duration: 1 hour, 50 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Thea Sharrock
Year of release: 2016
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