Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always been a fan of happy endings. After all, why make life sadder? I’ve often gone out of my way to not watch, or read or have anything to do with sad endings. So of course, I knew nothing about ‘Me Before You’ until a friend bought me the book. Being myself, this, of course, meant I immediately went and read the plot online.
If you’ve been following me for a bit, you would know that I love reading. I become a part of that story, that life and it, more often than not, will definitely get to me. So despite wanting to, until now, I have never read the book.
However, soon after my this, I flew somewhere and Emirates had the movie as a part of the onboard entertainment. And after all that time of avoiding it, I watched the movie. And recently I watched it again.
‘Me Before You’ is a heartbreaking film based on a novel by Jojo Moyes directed by Thea Sharrock starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.
The story follows the life of Louisa Clark who ends up taking a job as a companion to a disabled man, ‘Will Traynor’ after she loses her position as a waitress (the cafe closed up!). Will Traynor is a former successful banker who was extremely active, loving and living life to the fullest until an accident leaves him paralyzed. After two years as a quadriplegic, Will has close to lost all interest in life and any happiness he had.
Louisa Clark is a breath of fresh air with her cheerfulness and quirky behavior and happy attitude to life. She brings happiness back to his life, she makes him see the beauty that still exists. And of course, they fall in love.
Having lived a life to the fullest and now stuck in a wheelchair unable to do anything by himself and unable to make the girl he loves completely happy, Will, however, decides to follow through with euthanasia.
And thus the story ends, Louisa Clark sticks by Will Traynor on his decision, and he dies, peaceful that he has done what he can.
An extremely engaging and emotional movie, the film shows the audience that not all is lost at death, that there is still life after love and that there’s always beauty to be found if you look for it.
A heart touching film, this one made me understand why some of the most famous and loved stories in the world have a sad ending and yet, are loved by all. Take Romeo and Juliet or Wuthering Heights or so many more. There’s a beauty to them all. There’s the beauty of death and the realization that you have to make the best of the today that you have.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not turning into some who likes sad endings all of a sudden. I suppose I just don’t hate them as much anymore.
I’d give the movie a 4.5/5 with its gut-wrenching emotions, amazing direction, perfect cinematography and brilliant editing all brought together to share a heart touching story!