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Me Before You (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 3 June 2016 (USA)
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A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of.

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Thea Sharrock

Writers:

Jojo Moyes (based on the novel by), Jojo Moyes (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Claflin ... Will Traynor
Vanessa Kirby ... Alicia
Emilia Clarke ... Lou Clark
Eileen Dunwoodie Eileen Dunwoodie ... Café Customer
Pablo Raybould ... Frank
Gabrielle Downey Gabrielle Downey ... Daphne
Henri Charles Henri Charles ... Thomas Clark (as Henri Kirkham)
Samantha Spiro ... Josie Clark
Brendan Coyle ... Bernard Clark
Jenna Coleman ... Katrina "Treena" Clark
Alan Breck ... Grandad
Matthew Lewis ... Patrick
Muzz Khan ... Syed
Janet McTeer ... Camilla Traynor
Charles Dance ... Stephen Traynor
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Storyline

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows a car accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they're going to change each other for all time. Written by nattattck-11

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Live boldly.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some suggestive material | See all certifications »

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English | French

Release Date:

3 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me Before You See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,723,269, 5 June 2016

Gross USA:

$56,245,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$208,314,186
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The brand of shoes Lou wears is called irregular choice. See more »

Goofs

The way Will's hands lie flat with open palms is not correct. Quadriplegic people's fingers are normally curled, not necessarily into tight fists, but certainly closed to an extent. See more »

Quotes

[When Lou starts shaving Will's beard off]
Will Traynor: You're really going to do this?
Lou Clark: I'm... I'm really gonna do this.
Will Traynor: My mother's gonna be so happy.
Lou Clark: Yes, well, we won't let that put us off.
Will Traynor: You've got a funny look on your face. Please don't tell me you shaved off my eyebrows.
Lou Clark: Only the one.
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References My Left Foot (1989) See more »

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Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Live Boldly
4 June 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

I wouldn't consider myself the target audience for these romantic dramas. In fact, I'm usually turned off by the overabundance of forced clichés and unnecessary plot devices. While Me Before You definitely falls victim to some of those unfortunate young adult tropes, there's far more charm than harm here.

The film stars Emilia Clarke (Lou) and Sam Claflin (Will) from Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games respectively. I've enjoyed both of their works in the past and they both make the most of the script that was given to them. Their budding charisma on screen is by far the highlight of the film. It's nice to see Clarke take on a lighter and more exuberant role than she has played in the past as it mirrors her off-screen personality as well.

Clarke's likability as Lou is put a test as she has to deal with the stern and far less cheerful, Will, who became paralyzed after a motorcycle accident. If you didn't guess it already, yes they do grow to live with each other's quirks and inconveniences and maybe even share some affection for each other. It's pretty much the basis for all of these romantic novels adapted for film, but if you're film has enough likable qualities to it, the overused plot points and clichés can be forgiven.

The main qualm for these characters are Will's questionable wishes about his future living as a quadriplegic and Lou's inability to fulfill her potential and aspirations due to her commitment as the breadwinner for her family. The way Lou effortlessly deals with these issues is what makes her so likable. It's also why you root for her and Will to become romantically involved as the film gives us compelling enough reasons to desire it. With that said, I was pleasantly surprised with how the romance is depicted. Everything is earned and not forced.

I think my only real complaints with the film involve its tendency to veer into clichéd territory. I'm not a fan of when romantic films play popular songs that tell you exactly how to feel as an audience member. Or when a certain character is written specifically to give us someone to dislike and is used a plot device more than anything else. On more than one occasion, Me Before You does that. But it's when the film attempts to take an original and realistic spin on the romance that the film really shines. It's because of the ladder that I think Me Before You is definitely worth a look.

+Clarke's undeniable likability

+Charm and chemistry with the Lou and Will dynamic

+Romance is earned not forced

-Popular songs tend to ruin the big moments

-A few clichéd characters and plot devices

7.4/10


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