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Movie Review: Me Before You (2016)

June 18, 2016
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The movie poster in Trinoma Cinemas, Manila, Philippines

Disclaimer: There might be some spoilers here so watch out, loves. I suggest you watch the movie first before reading any reviews; that way you’re going to enjoy more all these reactions from various people in the world. 😉

Some Info about the Movie

Synopsis from imdb.com: A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she’s taking care of.

Rating: PG13

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 110 minutes

Some stills from imdb.com (that would give you all the feels in the world):

 

My Thoughts on this Movie

Fine. Say it. I am weak. I am a very emotional person. Go on, I wouldn’t mind. Because really, I am.

The movie has barely even started yet and it was just the Warner Bros’ logo on the screen but I was already telling my Mom that I was about to cry. Because I have read the book before (here’s my book review of this book by the amazing Jojo Moyes), I obviously already knew the ending. Well, not unless the film crew, including Thea Sharrock as the director, and Jojo Moyes as the screenwriter, miraculously changed their minds and turned the ending into a happily ever after – in which case, they didn’t. But of course, if you haven’t read the book, I suspect it’s going to be a quite normal start for you. You’d probably think it’s just another rom-com but then again, it’s not. It talks about a very relevant and sensitive matter, and that, somehow, makes it more interesting.

First, I would like to congratulate the cast and all the people who has been a part of the making of this film. You all did incredible. I wouldn’t comment on the cinematography and other technical stuff because to be honest, it all seemed great to me.

Kudos to Sam Claflin for bringing to life the character I loved and the boy whose final decision tore me apart. Sam, you were wonderful. I knew it was a struggle to act without using the entirety of your body but you didn’t show any of that difficulty. I have heard in an interview that you actually did an effort to learning what it was like to be a quadriplegic by talking to some who actually had the illness. Well, you didn’t fail, Sam. With only just the expressions of your face and the vulnerability of your barely-moving body, I felt all the emotions surge in me. I felt the loneliness and depression in your eyes, the joy in your laugh, the utter sadness in your tears, and longing in your words. You are a great actor, indeed. (P.S. I don’t need to say this because it’s just stating the obvious but still, I’d say that you were so hot. Oh God, even my Mom can’t stop telling me about how handsome you are. Haha!)

And to you, our Khaleesi, Emilia Clarke, congratulations! Congratulations on being the best Louisa Clark I could ever think of. Blur away the screen and only your eyes and eyebrows clear, I bet you could still play the part. You were amazing in the film because like what I said to Sam, you have delivered the emotions ever so genuinely that it seemed you were not faking at all. I wouldn’t even think of your acting as acting because that’s what all the scenes were showing me. You were very Louisa Clark and you spoke and acted extraordinarily. Kudos again! (P.S. Those outfits! Girl, you slayed them all! Funnily enough, even though your style was pretty weird, I’d still love to wear those, especially the bumblebee tights and that black and white fur jacket! They look so ridiculously fabulous!)

To the other members of the cast as well, I couldn’t see any flaw, to be honest. A big thumbs up and applause to all of you!

And now, let’s get to the real story.

I am not kidding when I’d say that non-waterproof mascaras and eyeliners are not encouraged to be used when you are going to watch this film. I am also not joking when I’d tell you that entering the cinemas with tissues or hankies in your bags or pockets is a life-saver because they are, indeed. And I am also not lying when I’d recommend for you to go watch this movie because it is definitely worth it.

The movie followed the book and I loved every second of it. A few changes are required, I guess, because I understand that the whole book can’t be fit into a 2-hour film. Some changes I’ve noticed included that Will’s sister have not been a part of the story in the film and the scenes where Lou resigned from her job and Will begging Clark to stay with them in the airport were cut. They didn’t really affected how the story went so it’s all good. For me, however, I totally missed the part in the book where Will asked Lou to not leave him and his family as they were still planning for a meal after they have arrived from their vacation. The book narrated this scene:

“Come with us,” he said. His voice was gentle. “Don’t go, Clark. Please.”

This part was one of the scenes that made me cry rivers because it made me feel how completely vulnerable Will was and how much he wanted to be with Lou in his last days. But then again, with this scene turned to one where Will accepted Clark’s decision and told his parents to “let her go”, the movie was still as beautiful as it was in the book.

In addition, I would say that this film was successful in bringing the audience to the world within the movie. Everyone was laughing at the humorous parts of the film and it was pindrop silent during the last sad parts of this movie. I could also hear blowing noses to tissues and sobs during the film. But it was that scene of Will and Lou’s last night of their vacation that cut all the strings inside of me. I had to bite on my handkerchief just so I could minimize my sobs and gasp for some oxygen because if I hadn’t done that, everyone would’ve thought I had lost my sanity. That’s how much it got to me.

But, in all the ups and downs of the film, I could honestly tell all you, my dear readers, that this is worth the watch. It talked about the issue of euthanasia and I realized that there really are two sides of the story – as in this one, Will has chosen to end his life even if the people around him don’t want him to where in fact, some people would’ve said this movie/book is silly because we do not have the right to end our lives, the same way Louisa’s mom believed it is. However, the only thing I can say is that we all must be open to relevant issues like this and address them with respect and openness to its various sides. I, on one, am a Roman Catholic and though we are pro-life, I do not think this film is stupid because as a matter of fact, it has opened me to some realities of life. And yes, this may just be a fictional story that came up from Jojo Moyes’ genius mind, but it is rather important that this issue be talked and discussed about.

It has just been hours since I watched this film and some lines are still reverberating on my ears – I will list them down below. This movie has touched me in many ways, broke my heart to pieces, and brought me to both laughter and tears; and if you want to experience this, too, just go ahead and watch it already. Time is short. Live well. Just live.

 

 

Some Quotes from the Movie

“Show him how good his life can be. Make him loved.”

“I don’t want you to miss all the things that someone else could give you.”

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

“I just want to be a man who’s been to a concert with a girl in a red dress just a few minutes more.”

“You know something, Clark. You are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.”

“You can’t change who people are.

-Then what can you do?

-You love them.”

“I have become a whole new person because of you.”

 

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Trailer

Video clips

Soundtrack (iTunes)

Additional Source: Rotten Tomatoes

 

Thank you for reading as always, love! Happy watching!

 

Sincerely,

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