Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review: Me Before You

Well here we have it, my first movie review. I was lucky enough to get to see an advanced screening of Me Before You through work, and of course I knew I'd need to write something about it. I'm going to attempt to make this spoiler-free, but apologies in advance if I say anything that spoils it for you!

The film is based on the book written by Jojo Moyes, which just so happens to be my favourite book of all time. It's about twenty-six year old Louisa Clark, who suddenly loses her job, and ends up becoming the carer for Will Traynor, who became a quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident.

Being my favourite book, I was slightly worried the film would ruin it for me, and not live up to it, but when I saw Jojo Moyes at the launch of the sequel in September she reassured everyone that she had lots of involvement with the entire process. It had her approval, and the trailer alone made me cry, so I had high hopes. The film was introduced by director Thea Sharrock, and hearing her talk about it made me excited, which was then added to even more by being given some Me Before You tissues before it started!

It honestly was brilliant. I loved the casting - Emilia Clarke was perfect as Lou, and I adore Sam Claflin so I knew I'd love him as Will. I was worried they wouldn't have the right chemistry, but they did, and it was funny where it needed to be funny and emotional where it needed to be emotional, they were perfect. Lou's parents were different to what I'd imagined reading the book, but I did really like their characters. I also loved the casting of Patrick (Matthew Lewis) and Treena (Jenna Coleman) as they were really like how I imagined them to be.

The locations in the film were spot on. The castle looked amazing, Will's annexe was so suited to his character, and even Lou's room was just as I imagined it. I also loved Lou's outfits, and fell in love with what you saw of her shoe collection! Her red dress was also spot on, and I loved the birthday/bumblebee tights scene so much!

In terms of doing the book justice, which is probably the most important thing for me watching it, I definitely think it did. Obviously with it being just under two hours, it's impossible to fit every aspect of the book in. There were some minor details that I wished they included, but you'd only really miss them if you knew the book really well.

I did cry, but not as much as I cried in the book. I'm not sure if it was because I was by myself and was holding it back, or if I was also holding it back because I wanted to take everything in, but I was actually a little surprised at myself to not be blubbing from the middle to the end, as I have done previously with the book.

I have one regret before seeing the film, and that was re-reading the book beforehand. I read it over the past weekend, and actually finished it on my way to work Monday before seeing the film that evening. I know it sounds stupid to say, but I really think I would have loved the film even more, if I hadn't had the book so fresh in my mind. I knew what was happening next, and I knew what was missing. If I'd have left it (haven't last read the book around a year ago) I think I would have let myself enjoy it that little bit more, without overthinking it.

If you haven't read the book, then I'd urge you to read it before the film's released on June 3rd, just because it is so amazing and deserves to be read first, but if you have make sure you go and see the film, and let yourself enjoy it without trying to remember what comes next. It definitely has made me want to re-read After You, so I think I'll do that when the paperback is released at the end of June!

Let me know if you're going to see it!

Sophie x
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