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Me Before You

Me Before You
Starring:
Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance and Brendan Coyle


Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements and some suggestive material.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: June 3, 2016 Released by: Warner Brothers

Based on JoJo Moyes' best-selling novel, this romantic tear-jerker is elevated by the terrific performances of its two lead actors.
 
Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games series) plays Will Traynor, a 30ish, handsome entrepreneur who is a quadriplegic living in the refurbished stables on his parent's huge English estate.  He was an athletic playboy with many friends and a steady girlfriend, but after his accident that left him in a wheelchair, he cut himself off from everyone.
 
Worried about their son's depression and inability to accept his disability, Will's parents (Janet Mcteer and Charles Dance) hire Louisa, a 25 year old local girl to be his companion.  She's played by British actress Emelia Clarke (Game Of Thrones) and she's a petite, exuberant, bundle of joy.  Her face is so expressive, its almost impossible not to share in her every emotion.
 
Will's medical care is provided by a male nurse which leaves Louisa's time free to take Will on adventures.  They go on picnics, attend the opera, go to the wedding reception of an old girlfriend and even take a romantic island trip.
 
First-time filmmaker Thea Sharrock lets Clarke shine, she brightens every scene that she's in. You want to hear what she says and you want to see what she does next.  The chemistry between her and Traynor is palpable.
 
The serious subject matter of a young man making a final decision for his life is not completely given the weight that it deserves here.  I wanted more time spent on it.  Even so, I was thoroughly taken by the scenery, the dialogue and especially the performances.

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Me Before You  B-   B+   C                     B- 

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