Grab your tissues, bring your girlfriends and get ready for the feels. Me Before You is the kind of romantic film I have been waiting for and yet I was not at all prepared for. The movie is based off of Jojo Moyes’ bestselling novel but having not read the novel I cannot attest to how true the movie stays to the book. However, I can say that the movie is able to stand-alone in all of its cinematic glory. Before seeing the movie I made an effort to stay away from anything having to do with it. I saw the trailer once, I refused to read the book, I unfollowed Emilia Clarke on social media (for the couple of weeks it took me to see the movie) and all of my extra efforts were completely worth it.
Emilia Clarke is best known for her role as the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones and her role on Me Before You is a complete departure from dragon-taming Khaleesi. In this movie she plays charming, energetic, chatty, genuine, kind, endearing Louisa “Lou” Clark. Lou becomes a caretaker for quadriplegic Will Traynor, played by Sam Claflin (swoon). I will try to keep the rest of this spoiler free, but I make no promises.
This movie is a beautiful love story, but the magic is not when they come together; the magic is in the falling in love and we can thank the two phenomenal actors for capturing that magic. The magic is in a smile from “Lou Clark”, it’s in a simple glance from “Will Traynor”, it’s in the silence between scenes and when they were falling in love with each other I was right beside them falling head over heels. Emilia Clarke had a lot to do with how enamored I was with the story; she takes your breath away with a simple smile. The chemistry between Sam Claflin and Emilia was palpable and that’s what truly captures your attention.
Not only was the storytelling a smooth and loving ride, but the background music that accompanied the ride added to the emotions that were being felt. The soundtrack included “Unsteady” by the X Ambassadors, “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran and “Don’t Forget About Me” by Cloves. All in all, this is a movie worth seeing. You will laugh, you will cry, you will wonder if you will ever be emotionally stable again; it’s a cinematic journey worth taking. Feelings will be felt and sobs will be heard but the tears are completely worth it because this is the kind of love story that will stand alongside: Titanic, The Notebook and The Fault In Our Stars.
Have you seen it? Thoughts?