For those of you who don’t know, I saw Me Before You the day after opening night…and I gotta say, it’s one of the best book-to-film adaptions I’ve seen in a while. After the entire Shadowhunters TV incident (remember how horrified everyone was at the pilot?) and a failed The Fifth Wave screening, Me Before You was a pleasant ride of humorous laughs, people sniffling two rows above me, and staring dreamily at Sam Claflin’s face. Here’s how I got my heart internally broken for the twice-time over. (here’s a link to the trailer!)
linh’s adventures in the theaters
t-minus fifteen minutes before the movie: “I can’t believe I’m seeing a chick-flick with you,” mumbles my dad.
t-minus five minutes before the movie: wHat A new BRIDGET JONES MOVIE?!?!? whoa there!
five minutes into the movie: how does emilia clarke look so good in that outfit? how?
half an hour into the movie: AHHH LOOK IT’S FINNICK!
one hour into the movie: hot baby tamales, Sam Claflin is looking’ good shaved…
one and a half hours into the movie: I know it’s coming…no…NO…
final scene: *holds in tears while theater is being filled with choruses of sniffles*
the actual review
- This movie is a bipolar rollercoaster ride. If you’ve read the book, you’d know what I’d mean. You’re laughing, then crying, and then shoving popcorn furiously into your mouth. So, no, this is not a “sad” movie. Sure, it has it’s tear-jerking parts, but it’s balanced out by humor and Lou’s clashing-but-it-works outfits.
- Jojo Moyes wrote the script, y’all. This movie is as good as it gets to an adaptation. It is very much true to the book!
- The actors did such a spectacular job of capturing the characters’ personas and bringing them to life. I love Lou’s family (they were perfectly portrayed), and Patrick was as douche-y as can be! Lou and Will’s chemistry was beautiful.
- There’s a scene where Will takes Emilia for a drive on his wheelchair. That scene was perfect.
- The ending was as horrifying as it was for me in the book. Well, maybe not as much, but my heartstrings were being tugged. Luckily, I didn’t cry, mainly because it’d be awkward with my dad sitting beside me. This is no happily-ever-after movie, guys. Just FYI.
- The build-up of Lou and Will’s relationship wasn’t as gradual as I’d like it to be. That’s an understandable quirk, however, since the movie had to be put into a certain time slot.
- It is definitely worth it to read the book before watching the movie. You have this connection with the characters and story, and it makes the entire film much more meaningful.
- Did I mention Sam Claflin is really good looking?
Putting asides the actors’ faces, Me Before You is definitely a 9/10. If you’re looking for a good movie to watch this weekend, go and watch this one! Tell me your feelings below if you’ve seen the movie (no spoilers!).
Until next time,