Is ‘Me before you’ really a good movie?

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you’re used to the blond Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
Well, here’s a movie where she’s a brunette and she’s not doing very well.

Okay, I’ll try not to be so harsh. She did well, she just wasn’t in her right place.

Me Before You is set in England, London. A love story between Will Traynor, played by Sam Clafin, and Louisa Clark, played by Emilia Clarke. A very simple girl from a poor family and the insanely rich boy who’s recently been paralyzed, and she was sent to work for him. All that is revealed in the trailer. The trailer also reveals how she persuades him to travel and convinces him that despite his disability, the world still has enough warmth to offer him.

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The movie starts off with a scene of Will and his girlfriend, who he says goodbye to and heads to work, and he suddenly gets hit by a motorcycle on his way. In terms of the pace of the movie, I’d have appreciated it if they gave us more time to see the healthy, strong Will. Rather than turning things around in the second minute. Which is where the clichés start. Then, Louisa is employed by his parents to take care of him along side his physician (Steve Peacocke). There isn’t really more to it than the cliché of the stubborn rich man and the cute young, poor girl who makes him view the world from different dimensions, and he makes her do so as well, by giving her money and giving her a chance at a more luxurious life.

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The ending could’ve been a cliché ending or a clichér one. Luckily, they chose the less cliché ending. The trailer doesn’t really say much about it so I’m not going to spoil it for you. However, how stubborn and hard he is and on the contrary how soft and pleasing she is, is very predictable; and how she breaks down his walls and rules.

 

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Emilia and Sam are both good actors, they just didn’t click together, didn’t have much chemistry.
The movie didn’t have anything new to offer, yet it still felt somehow cozy and warm. So if you haven’t seen a large number of romance films then it’ll manage to surprise you and you’ll probably like it.

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The only thing that gave this movie a sense of authenticity was its music. It was a pretty nice move to play the 1975’s ‘the sound’ and a collection of Ed Sheeran songs. Also the great Imagine dragons’ ‘Not Today’ made specially for the movie. So hats off to the music director!

I give it an overall rating of a 4 out of 10. And that’s in terms of the story and the fact that it had nothing new to offer. However, in terms of acting and casting I’d give it a 6.

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