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Movie Review: Me Before You

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Adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name by author Jojo Moyes, Me Before You brought about an undeniable charm but less chemistry from its two leads.

Although, tears were pouring in from the ending, there were moments when Lou (Emilia Clarke) and Will (Sam Claflin) just doesn’t spark enough connection for you to believe that they have fallen in love, unless you’ve read the book then you would know. The lines weren’t memorable or captivating in any way. The film ‘Me Before You’ relied more on the background songs being played to exude emotions from its viewers.

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‘Me Before You’ is about the meeting of a charming, free spirit and very chatty Louisa Clark who was employed to cheer up Will Traynor, a grumpy quadriplegic, and eventually make him change his mind about ending his life at a death-with-dignity facility in Switzerland. Lou, with her quirkiness and colorful outfits, influenced Will to go out, shave his beard and cut off his hair which no one was able to persuade him to do for years.

Will, on the other hand, was also able to influence Lou to do things she’s never done before or has been afraid to do as she’s contented with what she had. He made her watch a film with subtitles, love Mozart, dive into the sea, and many more.

Individually, the two leads were able to bring out the characters from the book (although sometimes exaggerated and too stiff), but the film was not able to depict enough of the love between the two characters and their families, the bond the two built, the issues of Will’s decision with his family. Overall, the film was more of narrating what happened in the book than to exude real emotion and sympathy from its audience.