Me Before You is directed by Thea Sharrock, based of the highly successful novel by Jojo Moyes, and stars Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke, and Jenna Coleman and tells the story of Louise who, after trying almost everything, bags a job working as a carer for a paralysed man, who later forms an unlikely bond with her.
Me Before You is a heartbreaking, romantic journey that transports you in a way that not many films have done. I can't criticise this film in anyway not because it's about the struggles of a disability and I might be offensive, but because this film was just made so well. The acting in this film was breath taking, Claflin was exceptional with all these physical disabilities and struggles his character faced on a day to day basis. He represented a paraplegic person who was not just in physical pain but emotional pain too, I think this was highly respectful. Clarke also performed beautifully as this wide eyed, optimistic, young girl who tried everything to convince Traynor (Claflin) there is more to life than death. The two of them worked so wonderfully together and formed such an adorable bond that made us care even more about them. Not only did they fall in love with each other but we as an audience fell in love with them. Janet McTear who played Will Traynor's Mother also brought a stunning performance and showed a realistic representation of how desperate a mother is to keep her child happy. Every actor in this film performed to their highest abilities and it definitely did show. The cinematography in this film was absolutely beautiful, certain shots at the start of the film to a sequence right at the end, they did not shy away from amazing camera work that again had a big effect on the film. This film surprised me at how funny it was, it took a break from the sadness every once in a while and slotted in hilarious dialog, which was a breath of fresh air whilst watching the film. It was funny in exactly the right places, it added nicely to certain scenes and was a huge part in the character development of Will Traynor. Nearly all of the comedy in this film was provided by Clarke which again was amazing because it described her character perfectly. The soundtrack was really well put together most times it fit in with the film very well but sometimes after an important scene it cuts to loud pop music which distracts from the concept of the film slightly, however it is only a minor complaint and my only one about the film.
The most important part about Me Before You is how well it deals with an incredibly sensitive, deep topic. It clearly showed that they got an amazing actor to perform a very challenging role in which he had to convince us of his disabilities without being offensive. Which Sam Claflin did excellently. Other actors around him performed incredibly and represented to us how difficult it was to relieve him of his emotional and physical pain. I can respect this film on so many levels.
Me Before You is quite possibly the saddest most heart breaking film I have ever seen, with beautiful acting, stunning cinematography and dealing with a very emotional topic, it leaves with goosebumps when the credits role. Again this is another one of the best films I have seen this year.
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