Based on: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Check out my review of the book here
Released in theaters: June 3rd, 2016
Directed by: Thea Sharrock
Screenplay by: Jojo Moyes
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claffin, Matthew Lewis, Jenna Coleman, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance
“You can’t change who people are.”
“Then what can you do?”
“You love them.”
What I Loved
- I loved that my favorite line were included in the film. That’s what happens when the author is the screenplay writer, too.
- It was a truly fantastic cast. I loved all the choices, especially Emilia Clarke. She was the perfect Lou.
- Watching this film was like coming home, you just get this feeling of rightness. That’s how I felt watching these actors portray these beautiful characters. It felt natural. It felt like it already happened. I’m doing a terrible job of explaining this feeling but it was probably just because I watched the trailer for it a million and one times.
- I felt that all the actors perfectly portrayed the characters. It was perfectly cast.
- Lou and Treena’s relationship in the film was much more civil than in the book. They didn’t bicker at all.
- Clearly, you can’t include everything in an adaptation. I think it was a good version of the story. It could have been a tad longer and included more of what was missing but the most important bits were included and side plots/stories that were unnecessary were smartly not included. For instance, I didn’t even realize Will’s sister was missing.
- Lou’s relationship with Patrick wasn’t mentioned that much and their break up wasn’t even that obvious. I kind of forgot about him until he would just appear.
- The book talked more about Will’s disability than the movie did and a lot of people are mad about it. With good reason. The marketing campaign for this movie is #LiveBoldly but it’s directed towards Lou instead of Will. Read more here. And here.
- For a more in depth look at what was missing, read this article from Bustle.
I don’t want to go in yet. I just want to be a man who’s been to a concert with a girl in a red dress a few minutes more.
- There was just something off about the whole thing. It didn’t add up: great cast, good screenplay, but it fell flat.
- I felt detached from the emotional aspect. I thought for sure I was going to cry a helluva lot more than I did.
Would I Recommend?
Oh totally. Though, I do recommend reading the book, as well. It was one of my favorites of this year and while I greatly enjoyed the movie, the book was better. I’ll still be buying this on DVD because there’s parts that I can’t wait to rewatch. Plus, I just want to watch Emilia Clarke as Lou forever.
Have you read Me Before You? What did you think of the movie?