Me before you


 Starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin

Based on the novel of the same name by English writer JoJo Moyes, we meet Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clark – Terminator Genisys, Game of Thrones), a spunky and very chatty 26 year old, caught up in her less than glamorous career, working in a local café. When the café closes and Lou loses her job, money at home gets really tight now, as she is one of the breadwinners keeping things afloat since her father’s unemployment.

Heading to a job agency to seek a new career, Lou is sent on an interview at the home of William Traynor (Sam Claflin – Hunger Games Saga, Snow White and the Huntsman), a thrill seeker and gorgeous specimen of a man, whose life was taken from him, after a motorcycle accidents leaves him a paraplegic. Will’s mother Camilla (Janet McTeer) is determined to secure him the perfect caregiver that will bring a spark back into his life…and she thinks Lou may just fit the bill in helping her turn Will’s life around…

Having never taken care of someone before, Lou must rely on Will’s nurse and best friend Nathan (Stephen Peacocke) to teach her the ropes of what to do, and more importantly, what not to do, when it comes to Will’s care.

Focusing all of her energy on helping Will to learn how to LIVE AGAIN, Lou finds herself alienating her longtime boyfriend Patrick (Matthew Lewis), as their relationship starts to crumble more, with each passing week.

When Lou learns of Will’s attempt to take his life months ago, and his impending plans to head to a facility that will assist him in doing just that, Camilla and Lou join forces to try to convince Will that living his life in the moment ~ and with Lou by his side ~ will make life worth living…even in his present state…

I give ME BEFORE YOU a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ Clarke is absolutely fabulous as Lou ~ No traces of Daenerys here…and Chaflin is also superb playing Will – the ambitious sportsman and ladies man, turned paraplegic ~ as his performance for me was truly moving. Plus, from the real-life middle class lives of the Clark family, to the bigger than imaginable existence of the Traynor clan, you will find that the many dysfunctional relationships playing out on screen, contained within both of these families, are so genuine one moment, and so heart-wrenchingly painful the next, you will for sure need to grab a tissue or two before it’s all through. If you enjoy movies that promise to make you feel each and every emotion you can muster, then ME BEFORE YOU is a total MUST SEE, for you will thoroughly experience a roller coaster of emotions, with each and every passing frame…

Kathy Kaiser