Me Before You (2016) – Film Review

First of all, I would like to apologize for how late this blog post is as I thought I’d already posted it but instead it was just sitting in my draft box! Whoops! I wanted to read the book before I saw the film and it was the day after I had finished reading the book I went and saw the film – I loved it! It was a really fab adaptation and of course, it was missing some elements from the book but thats what you have to expect, they can’t include everything!

I thought the casting was perfect. Emilia Clark was the perfect Louisa as she was bubbly, cute and her costumes were on point and helped portray her wonderful personality. Sam Clafin as Will Traynor again was brilliant and I loved how his character was completely different to Louisa; the contrats worked really well and I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop onscreen.

The film is great to watch whether or not you read the book – it’s so close to the book and made with so much love for the book, that the one’s who have read it won’t be disappointed and it’s such a great, funny and touching story, that you don’t need that little bit more backstory that reading the book gives you. Surprisingly, I didn’t cry at the film but I think it was because I knew what was going to happen from reading the book but that didn’t stop me from feeling all the emotions!

The film cinematography looks so simple, yet spectacular. The scenic shots of the Pembroke Castle, and the picturesque Wales countryside makes it an immediate bucket list destination upon seeing the film. The pacing again worked really well and it was nice to see Lou and Will’s relationship develop onscreen! One of my favourite scenes had to be the end when we see Louisa sat in the cafe in Paris as she reads Will’s letter, as Paris is one of my all time favourite cities and it was lovely to see one of my favourite characters there too!

Overall, it was a brillant adaptation which I’m sure fans will be happy about as I know I was and it is easy to give this film 5/5 stars!

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie and it had been on my TBR for ages so I thought it was about time I read it and caught up with all the hype it was receiving. I think seeing all the trailers ruined my experience of reading the book as I knew the storyline already but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the storyline and balling my eyes out!

Me Before You follows the story of Louisa Clark who is a chatty ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life who also has a fabulous wardrobe filled with unique items like her bumble bee tights; black and yellow stripes! After loosing her job, she becomes desperate and takes a job as a carer for quadriplegic Will. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

It was easy to fall in love with these characters, Louisa was so bright, cheerful and enthusiastic I could help but smile at her character but I found it really interesting with her past. Will was also such a unique character and his character development is another aspect which I enjoyed. Their relationship was also beautiful as they both helped each other by brightening up their lives. I loved how determined Will was to open Lou’s eyes to the unknown and how he wanted her to gain the best out of life. With him by her side, she gains confidence, determination, learns not to let anyone dictate her actions and finally realises what is best for her.

Before reading it I knew I was going to cry and I didn’t disappoint myself. For the last 100 pages or so, I was an emotional wreck with a broken heart and tears streaming down my face and that’s not an exaggeration. The rest of the story also had many enjoyable elements, and I loved to see how dedicated Louisa was to her job by organising trips for Will and also her relationship with her sister. The story was quite slow paced yet I couldn’t put it down and I found it a really easy read which will captivate you. It also dealt with so many different issues and was so thought-provoking and I loved the fact that every character had a story of its own, it wasn’t just Lou and Will.

The ending was perfect as it worked really well and showed that endings don’t have to be rosy  I think I might pick up the sequel ‘After You’ because I want to find out what happens to Louisa! 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book as it was a very emotional and beautiful storyline with equally beautiful characters and relationships. If you’re looking for a cute and easy summer read I highly recommend that you pick this book up and if you’ve already seen the film why not read the book! I went and saw the film the other day so I will be posting my review soon!