Movie: Me Before You
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) is a twenty-something woman trying to make ends meet in a small English town. She’s a happy go lucky person who’s worked for 6 years in a small café, but gets laid off as the economy tanks. She desperately needs a job, as she helps support her parents and siblings since her father is also out of work. Ready to take on any job that pays a few quid, the employment office suggests a new job opening at the local castle as a care giver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin).
Sam is also a twenty-something, a young man who was raised in the lap of luxury. Sam was a bit of a jet setter, adored by beautiful women, making his name in the business world, in love with his life. At least until a tragic accident turned him into a quadriplegic, as well as a depressed and sullen young man. Hired by Sam’s parents, Stephen and Camilla Traynor (Charles Dance and Janet McTeer), it is now Louisa’s job to show up every day at the castle and be perky, helpful, and most of all try to breach the walls created by Sam to keep the world out.
This is a serious story, completely character driven, with a cast of very fine actors. It is especially interesting to see Emilia Clarke in such a different role than her Game of Thrones persona Daenerys Targaryen, the Queen of Dragons. Emilia is a joy to watch with an incredibly expressive face. This film is as much about Louisa’s metamorphosis into a strong, confident and resilient woman as it is about her evolving relationship with a man she comes to have feelings for. Ultimately it will depend on how much you care about the characters as to how you feel about the movie (hankies are optional). Jenna Coleman of Dr Who fame has a supporting role as Emilia’s sister Katrina; wished her role had been bigger. Definitely worth a look see if you enjoy relationship stories.
Dialogue Nuggets: Employment Office Guy – “There’s nothing here about needing skills. Perfect for you.”
Will to Louisa – “My mother said you were chatty. Could we strike a deal that when you are around me, you are very unchatty?”
Louisa – “He always looks at me like I’m stupid.” Katrina – “To be fair, you are pretty stupid.” Louisa – “But he doesn’t know that yet!”
Will to Louisa – “Why don’t you go rage in my grandmother’s wardrobe, or whatever it is that you do when you’re not making tea.”
Louisa to Will – “I think what you mean to say, is, thank you Miss Clark for attempting to entertain me.”
Will to Louisa – “You should be out there showing your leprechaun shoes to dodgy men.”
Will – “If you’re going to wear a dress like that, Clark, you have to learn to wear it with confidence.”
Louisa – “Did you pretend you were a warrior prince?” Will – “I even nicked a sword from an exhibit; it weighed a ton.”
Will – “This is not my life; not even close. I loved my life.”
Huh? What the….: Emilia goes for a walk on a snowy day with an umbrella (or bumbershoot, as they say in England). Who the heck uses an umbrella when it snows?