Me Before You (2016), Dir. Thea Sharrock

Me Before You (2016), Dir. Thea Sharrock
Potential. You need to widen your horizons, Clark. You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.
— William Traynor, Me Before You (2016)

Stars: Emelia Clarke, Sam Clafin, Janet McTeer, Steve Peacocke, Matthew Lewis, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, Brendan Coyle, Samantha Spiro.
Director: Thea Sharrock
Screenplay: Jojo Moyes

If you want to travel back to a time of the perfect British rom-com then Me Before You can almost take you there.

Set in a small town where nothing much happens lives a young woman, Louisa Clark (Emelia Clarke). She wears colourful clothes, immensely energetic, and works in the village cafe. That is until she is let go which is an issue as her pay check is helping her family through a tough few years as her father Barnard (Brendan Coyle) is out of work.

Desperate, Lou tries out for a six-month carer job for the wealthy Traynor family. Their son William (Sam Clafin) is a quadriplegic whose mum has hired a carer to keep him company on a day-to-day basis. Lou is hired not for her skills as a carer—as she has zero—but for her personality. She hopes that having Lou around her son will keep him in better spirits than he is in currently.

At first, of course, Will cannot stand having Lou around. He is annoyed by her constant chatter, her way of dress, and general presence. Lou is also struggling to understand why she has even been hired as he seems not to want her around. However they soon bond over her lack of French film knowledge and the two start a budding friendship.

Though this film is not perfect with Clarke's slight overacting, its depiction of a quadriplegic sufferer, and the basis rom-com structure. But even with all of this against it I can't help but fall for this movie. I really enjoyed my time as I watched this rather painful story of two people building a connection at such an unfortunate time in their lives. However, though it is a losing battle, both of them grow for the better from meeting each other. That really sells this film, the message is simple, sweet, with the right amount of bitter.