Me Before You

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Me Before You benefits from Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin's alluring chemistry, although it isn't enough to compensate for its clumsy treatment of a sensitive subject.



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Adapted from the bestselling novel by Jo Jo Moyes, Me Before You tells the story of the unexpected relationship that blossoms between a contented small town Englishwoman and the wealthy, paralyzed Londoner who hires her as his caretaker. Theater director Thea Sharrock makes her feature directorial debut with this MGM/New Line Cinema co-production. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Emilia Clarke
as Louisa Clark
Sam Claflin
as William Traynor
Charles Dance
as Steven Traynor
Jenna-Louise Coleman
as Katrina Clark
Janet McTeer
as Camilla Traynor
Brendan Coyle
as Bernard Clark
Eileen Dunwoodie
as Cafe Customer
Henri Kirkham
as Thomas Clark
Samantha Spiro
as Josie Clark
Richard Goulding
as Freddie Foster
Diane Morgan
as Sharon The Waitress
Stephen Chance
as Michael Lawler
Joanna Lumley
as Mary Rawlinson
Sharon Ballard
as Hotel Receptionist
Chuku Modu
as Mauritian Waiter
Manuel Severi
as French Waiter
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  • Jan 26, 2018
    Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin star in the touching romantic drama Me Before You. Desperate for a job Lou Clark takes a position as a caretaker for a rich family's paraplegic son, and when she learns that he has made plans to commit physician assisted suicide she becomes despite to find a way to make him enjoy life again. Clarke and Claflin both give very strong performance and have good chemistry together. And the script is especially well-written; exploring physician assisted suicide without making judgments or coming off as heavy handed. Thea Sharrock's directing style is also rather impressive, as is the soundtrack and score (which compliments the tone remarkably well). A little unconventional, Me Before You is a thought-provoking drama that addresses some interesting issues.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2017
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2016
    It's a very cutesy romcom that is bound to make you smile and weep!
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2016
    Free-spirited and quirky Louisa takes a job as companion to quadriplegic Will Traynor who is now surly and disheartened about losing his once charmed life. Usually daunting Emilia Clarke is adorably giddy, and Sam Claflin is Sam Claflin, the handsome asshole with a sensitive soul underneath. The love story is quite predictable, but there's a second-act moral conundrum that provides some suspense. What's utterly stupid about this movie is that despite Lou being the ostensible protagonist, she is STILL merely a supporting character in her own story. The central moral question of the film is Will's, and everything Lou does is in aid of that plotline. It's not even clear how and when she falls in love with Will. It's never talked about, and she lacks the agency to leave or at least tell off her well-meaning but clueless boyfriend or to follow her dreams of fashion school. I'm also chafed because Will tries to pilot Lou's life from the start: telling her what movies to watch and how to wear a dress with confidence (I mean, really?! She's already smokin'!) and how to party like the grand adventurer he once was, and he continues to do so (*spoilers*) even beyond the grave, down to what Parisian perfume she should wear! He also obnoxiously calls her by her last name "Clark" all the time, which any girl who's had a middle school crush on that cool skater boi knows is a familiarizing but controlling tactic that makes us happy and hungry for his approval. Was Will always this arrogant and patriarchal? Was his life truly charmed? That seems to be a better dramatic question, but the movie would still be about him. Lou is defined by the men around her, and that still seems to be the case from the synopsis of the sequel novel in which she meets a new man who helps her get over the erstwhile "You." Bleagh.
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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