“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
So late last Monday night I received an email from ShowFilmFirst, informing me that there was a free screening of Me Before You showing at my local cinema.
It was only halfway through the working day on Tuesday that I realised that with the film not due for release until 3rd June, this was a preview…I couldn’t turn that down! A quick email to my Mum and a print of the tickets, Tuesday date night was sorted.
Having not read the book (which I now definitely plan to) I had only a basic idea of the plot.
The films male lead, Will Traynor (played by Sam Claflin), is left paralysed from the neck down after a tragic motorcycle accident. Having previously lived a thrill-seeking life of adventure, Will is left with severe depression. Enter a bubbly Louisa Clark. Having just lost her job in the local cafe, Louisa is hired by Will’s Mum as help care. But what starts out as a job, quickly turns into something more.
With such hard-hitting subject matter at the forefront of this film, I was expecting to come out of it feeling overwhelmingly sad. However what surprised me most was that this film was incredibly funny. Emilia Clarke, best known as Game of Thrones ‘Mother of Dragons’ (Daenerys Targaryen) has exceptional comedic timing. Paired with the most hilarious facial expressions, she had me howling from the moment she hit the screen.
Of course, an emotional story of loss, friendship and love cannot come without a few tears. Believe me, between my Mum and myself, many were shed. But what surprised me most, was the amount of men in the audience who were affected by the story. Credit for this must be given to the incredible writing team who brought Jojo Moyes’ story to life. But we can’t forget the devoted cast that take the words from the page and evoke those emotions on the screen.
Both Sam and Emilia are a powerhouse combination. Their budding friendship is infectious, and they have a clear and intense chemistry that clearly comes across as that friendship bubbles into romance. Both had me in fits of giggles many a time, as well as being the cause of the
Emilia and Sam aside, Me Before You boasts a stellar cast list. With Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance and Matthew Lewis to name a few, this is one of the first films I have watched in recent times where every supporting character made a last impression on me.
Without sounding cliche, I came out of this film with a different outlook on life. “You only get one life” is a prevalent theme that runs throughout the film. The idea that anything can happen to anyone, at any time. Life is fleeting, and it can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye. We have to live our lives to the full each and every day; go on adventures, make new friendships, fall in love. Don’t let anything hold you back. I certainly won’t!
Me Before You hits cinema screens on Friday 3rd June. It’s a definite recommendation from me!