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Me Before You (2016) Film Review | 100 Day Film Challenge – Day 65

I was super psyched to watch this movie. Me Before You is one of my favorite novels, the film stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin (whom I both adore), and the screenplay was written by the author herself, Jojo Moyes. Needless to say, I had SUPER HIGH expectations. Did the movie live up to them? I’m glad to say, yes it did.

First off, Emilia and Sam were the perfect choice to play Lou and Will. Their chemistry was electric and believable (plus they’re ridiculously good-looking). I sympathized with both of the characters, and even though I knew what was going to happen, I was still filled with hope and anticipated what would unfold onscreen. The supporting actors were fantastic, as well. Charles Dance (it gave me a small thrill to see Tywin Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen together on screen), Janet McTeer, Jenna Coleman, Stephen Peacocke (what a hottie!) and Matthew Lewis were ace and made me feel like I was personally connected to them.

I have to commend Thea Sharrock on her directorial debut. She framed the film beautifully, allowing the characters to shine against stunning locales. I also loved how closely the film followed the book. Yes, certain scenes were cut out, but the overall tone remained the same.

The story was magnificent. If you loved the book, you’ll love the film. If you haven’t read the novel, be prepared to laugh and cry (sometimes both at the same time). I have no shame in admitting I bawled like a baby, and loved every minute of the film. I was swept up in Lou and Will’s love story. Plus, the film doesn’t end in the way a typical romance film does. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t read the novel or watched the film, but it’s a ballsy move that paid off.

If you’re a fan of the novel or love romantic tearjerkers, Me Before You is a must-watch. The performances are spectacular, the chemistry is electric, and the story line hews closely to the book. If you’re not a fan of this type of film, this movie probably won’t change your mind, but if you’re looking to cry, laugh, and to feel inspired, Me Before You will hit all of those notes. I ended the film feeling like Lou did after receiving her bumblebee tights: elated, emotional, and hopeful.

Verdict: 4/5

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