“Push yourself. Don't Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
Me Before You is a romantic novel written by Jojo Moyes. This year, they made a movie of the novel which made a major hit around the world directed by Thea Sharrock.
Twenty-six-year-old Louisa Clark lives with her working-class family. Unambitious and with few qualifications, she feels constantly outshone by her younger sister, Treena, an outgoing single mother. Louisa, who helps support her family, loses her job at a local cafe. She goes to the Job Centre and, after several failed attempts, is offered a unique employment opportunity: help care for Will Traynor, a successful, wealthy, and once-active young man who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident two years earlier. Will's mother, Camilla, hires Louisa despite her lack of experience, believing Louisa can brighten spirits. Louisa meets Nathan, who cares for Will's medical needs, and Will's father, Steven, a friendly upper-class businessman whose marriage to Camilla is strained.
Louisa and Will's relationship starts out rocky due to his bitterness and resentment over being disabled. Things worsen after Will's ex-girlfriend, Alicia, and best friend Rupert reveal that they are getting married. Under Louisa's care, Will gradually becomes more communicative and open-minded as they share experiences together. Louisa notices Will's scarred wrists and later overhears his mother and sister discussing how he attempted suicide shortly after Camilla refused his request to end his life through Dignitas, a Swiss-based assisted suicide organization. Horrified by his attempt, Camilla promised to honour her son's wish, but only if he agreed to live six more months. Camilla intends to prove that, in time, he will believe his life's worth living.
Louisa conceals knowing about Will and Camilla's agreement. However, she tells Treena, and together they devise ways that will help convince Will to abandon his death wish. Over the next few weeks, Will loosens up and lets Louisa shave his beard and cut his shaggy hair. Louisa begins taking Will on outings and the two grow closer.
Through their frequent talks, Louisa learns that Will has travelled extensively; his favourite place is a cafe in Paris. Noticing how limited her life is and that she has few ambitions, Will tries to motivate Louisa to change.
Louisa continues seeing her longtime boyfriend, Patrick, though they eventually break up due to her relationship with Will. Meanwhile, Louisa's father loses his job, causing more financial difficulties. Fortunately, Mr. Traynor offers Mr. Clark a position. Louisa realises that Will is trying to help her secure her freedom from her family. The two attend Alicia and Rupert's wedding where they dance and flirt. Will tells Louisa that she is the only reason he wakes in the morning.
Louisa convinces Will to go on a holiday with her, but before they can leave, Will contracts near fatal pneumonia. Louisa cancels the plans for a whirlwind trip. Instead, she takes Will to the island of Mauritius. The night before returning home, Louisa tells Will that she loves him. Will says he wants to confide something, but she admits that she already knows about his plans with Dignitas. Will says their time together has been special, but he cannot bear to live in a wheelchair. He will be following through with his plans. Angry and hurt, Louisa storms off and does not speak to him for the remainder of the trip. When they return home, Will's parents are pleasantly surprised by his good physical condition. Louisa, however, resigns as his caretaker, and they understand that Will intends to end his life.
On the night of Will's flight to Switzerland, Louisa visits him one last time. They agree that the past six months have been the best in their lives. He dies shortly after in the clinic, and it is revealed that he left Louisa a considerable inheritance, meant to continue her education and to fully experience life. The novel ends with Louisa at a cafe in Paris, reading Will's last words to her in a letter, that tell her to 'live well'.
So I watched this movie last night and I got attached again. I was seriously waiting for it to be released and I finally watched it last night. It was a very sad movie. I couldn't stop thinking about it even when I was in school and having a quiz! I got attached to so many emotional stuff way too easily.
I think they had the perfect actors/actresses that fits for the role that they are playing. Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin made an impact on the character they played. They also have a chemistry which I loved the most. Emilia looks cute and she acquired the jolly personality that Louisa Clark possesses. Sam Claflin still looks hot even though he only made very little movements on the movie because he was just sitting in his wheelchair the whole time but he still looks sexy especially when Louisa shaved his beard and cut his hair. Everyone played a good job on the movie.
The setting was great too! Perfect location as what is expected from the book. They had directed it well too. Details were present. We cannot expect a perfect arrangement as what the book had and I think they made a good sequence of the movie. The cinematography was well defined for me. I have seen the writer and the director's vision for the whole set. They also have chosen good sounds for the movie. From the opening to the end. The songs, and even the sound effects of the movie was good. Not Today by Imagine Dragon was a perfect choice. I can feel the emotion from their song which makes me sad and remember the movie.
I seriously couldn't stop thinking about the movie. I like it yet the fact that Will was so selfish and he just chose to die than to live to be with the one he loves. I know it's just a movie/novel but I am so affected. It just defines that not everyone can be happy. I cannot blame him though if he is tired of his life just sitting in his wheelchair while desperately wanting to live his own life, which was once perfect. I don't know, it's just really sad and I cannot move on too easily with this. I was wishing that he will live for her but he didn't like if it's true love right? He will stay just for her remember, he once said "Sometimes , Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning". Isn't that a thing to cry for T.T
Well, I seriously cannot wait for the second one which is called After You. I don't know. I am just really sad like, I was crying last night while watching the movie and I actually woke up this morning thinking about this movie and right now, Not Today is on repeat. I just got attached to this movie way too much. I know it is just a movie, like you're thinking "this girl is insane, she's living a fairytale. Move on!" but this is me haha. I don't know. I can't express my sadness. I can't explain what I'm feeling. I know that Sam is pretty much alive and staying hot and gorgeous but still...
The movie was excellent for me. The story was just, idk. The fact that Will decided to die than to live is really unacceptable. Overall it was good. Two thumbs up and a round of applause for this one.