Me Before You

This is sure to go down as one of the most tragic, heartfelt and controversial films of the year. Bring tissues for this contemplative tale, based on the beloved novel by Jojo Moyes, which was inspired by a true story. Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) was an adventurous, rich and successful young man until an accident left him a quadriplegic. Now, Will is in constant pain and depressed. But when he meets bubbly carer Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke), they have a bigger influence on each other's lives than either ever thought possible. There are some significant changes to the book, but the essence of the relationship between the protagonists remains the same and that is because Moyes has written the screenplay. First-time feature director Thea Sharrock capably steers the film along and has assembled such a talented cast who give excellent performances. Without spoiling the plot, the film does deal with an important moral issue and while some people have been quick to criticise Me Before You – many of whom unfairly without reading the novel or seeing the film – it actually presents both sides of the argument and does not preach one view over another despite the choices made by certain characters. At its core, Me Before You is an uplifting love story that should inspire people to indeed “live boldly”.


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