Romance & And The Reality Of Life: Me Before You Movie Review

Life is full of joy, laughter and opportunity, if we can only open our eyes to see it.

In the new movie, Me Before You, (based on the book of the same name), Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) has just lost her job at a local bakery. Known for her colorful, quirky clothes and her outgoing demeanor, the income Lou earns goes back to her family. Needing a job, Lou is hired to care for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a quadriplegic man whose life was turned upside down when he is injured in a motorcycle accident.

Moody and depressed, Will relies on his parents, Camilla and Stephen (Janet McTeer and Charles Dance) and his nurse, Nathan (Stephen Peacocke) to provide emotional and physical support.

Enter Lou, whose bright and bubbly personality does not initially go over well with snarky and sarcastic Will. What starts off as a mere job becomes something more as the relationship between Lou and Will changes. But the reality of Will’s life and his disability may prevent this relationship from getting off the ground before it has begun.

While I normally have a severe dislike for films that pile on the not so subtle message or the uber-romantic schmaltz, I was pleasantly surprised by this film.  The actors were well-chosen for their roles (and as an anglophile, I was pleasantly surprised to see to the cast list). But what I enjoyed the most was the message to not only appreciate life, but to take full advantage of everything life has to offer while we can.

I recommend it.

Me Before You is presently in theaters. 

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