ME BEFORE YOU: a soapy, yet delightful romance
Like many movies before it, Me Before You is a tear-jerking fest that hits the bulls-eye, especially if you’re willing to stick with it from beginning to end.
The Thea Sharrock (The Hollow Crown) directed movie reunited actor Charles Dance and actress Emilia Clarke in a slightly different context than Game of Thrones. He is the wealthy father of a dying man (Sam Claflin) and she is the happy-go-lucky girl who enters their lives and turns it from grey to colourful by simply being a genuine person.
After losing her job at a café, Louisa Clark (Clarke) finds a care-giving job and despite having limited qualifications, gets it. That where she meets Will, a man with a pessimistic outlook on life who initially treats her like crap, which she puts up with because she desperately needs the money to support her family. Long story short, Louisa softens Will heart, but she can’t make him change his mind about ending his own life at a special clinic, somewhere.
Adapted from the novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You attempts is no doubt a tear-jerking romantic drama. Perhaps this description will make many heads turn away at once, but I think the performances are worth a look if you find yourself craving romance.
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ME BEFORE YOU
The words around town are diverse. Check them out:
“Transferring from theatre, director Thea Sharrock ramps up the property porn, while failing to fill this space with anything like recognisable human activity or emotion. Clarke, whose manically distracted smile suggests a dim eight-year-old, seems to require far closer supervision than her client ever does.” (The Guardian)
“Pairing a working-class British lass with an icy, quadriplegic aristocrat whose heart she’s been hired to melt, “Me Before You” would seem to boast a can’t-miss premise — class divides and medical misfortune being the peanut butter-and-jelly of tear-jerking romance. But Sharrock’s technically-sound yet workmanlike direction never sells the emotional peaks and troughs, the characters are alternately too exaggerated and too buttoned-down to come to life, and the final resolution pushes the film into morally provocative territory that it has neither the inclination nor the courage to confront.” (Variety)
“Luckily, many of the plot’s maudlin pitfalls are greatly mitigated by the film’s utterly infectious leading lady. Emilia Clarke’s performance is winningly immersed in charming gawkiness and heartfelt sincerity while sporting a deliriously kitschy wardrobe heavy on eye-popping primary colors and loud butterfly prints. So much so, it might put you in mind of when you first witnessed the blinding incandescence of Julia Roberts’ widescreen-ready smile or the delicate allure of Keira Knightley’s cameo-locket features. […] Of course, “Game of Thrones” devotees have long been bowing down before this British actress and her impressive display of bewitching bad-assery as the silver-haired dragon-keeper Daenerys Targaryen. But she hasn’t quite broken through on the big screen yet.” (Rogerebert.com)
“The screenplay, which was also written by Moyes, is arguably the film’s weakest link. In particular, the introduction to Will’s character is mishandled. While he is understandably sarcastic and negative at the beginning, these traits are dialed up in such a way during the first act that Will comes across as borderline unlikable. If audiences had spent more time with Will prior to his accident, he may have been set up as a more sympathetic lead than presented. Unfortunately, viewers barely get to know him or what his previous life entailed (save for a short sequence), meaning it’s difficult to tell if Will is merely deflecting due to his condition. As a result, the relationship that forms between Louisa and Will could be difficult to buy into for some, since the “turn” in their dynamic just happens for the sake of the plot – as opposed to feeling like a natural progression.” (Screenrant)
“There’s gentle manipulation, and then there’s having your arms manacled to a freight train of weepy catharsis, which is roughly the experience awaiting viewers of Me Before You. Tragedy strikes early in Jojo Moyes’ adaptation of her own novel, and that’s just when you get a look at Emilia Clarke’s outfits. Clarke’s Louisa is a goofy waitress in Pembroke, buried under mountains of clashing knitwear and granny frocks, who loses her job at a tea shop. New employment beckons, but it’s unfamiliar territory – she signs on to be the paid companion to Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a handsome ex-City-boy whose once-golden life has been blighted by quadriplegia.” (Telegraph)
Source: Ana Banu on tvmuse.com
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