Country: UK, USA
Language: English. French.
Release Date: 2016
AKA: Avant toi.
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin.
Director: Thea Sharrock.

Me Before You

Young and quirky Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin, The Hunger Games), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier.

Lou hates her waitressing job and knows she is about to be fired. She's not all that keen on her boyfriend either (Matthew Lewis, Harry Potter) as they have nothing in common. But she is stuck because her salary is the only money coming in for her family.

So she feels incredibly lucky when she is offered the job as Will's caregiver. Will is angry and feels his life has become meaningless because he is unable to do anything he used to do. He makes it clear that he has no time for the frivolous Lou. In fact I would suggest that he is as mean as all hell to Lou who doesn't deserve his wrath. Will becomes aware that perhaps he is being too harsh and some chemistry starts to develop between the two.

As the film progresses so does the chemistry between Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin and they are quite electrifying together.

It's a charming film with a slew of fabulous British Actors like Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), Jenna Coleman (Dr Who), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and Janet McTeer (The Amazing Mrs Pritchard).

So many people were expecting an ordinary love story but that was never the direction this film was going. Will makes a final decision about his future. He gives Lou a large bonus which he says makes him feel lighter and happier. No more spoilers here.

The film picks up speed when Lou's sister suggests a Bucket List for Will. Lou and Will go to a Mozart concert, she in a red dress, he in tails. When she says it's time to leave Will says "I just want to be a man who's been to a concert with a girl in a red dress for a few minutes more."

Will insists on going to Alicia's wedding (his ex fiance who is marrying Will's ex best friend) and he realises it is just intolerably cruel. So, he runs away in his wheelchair with Lou on his knee and inadvertently causes some cruelty of his own.

A nod to Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter's Neville Longbottom) as Lou's boyfriend who is quite the actor these days. His portrayal of self absorption, lack of depth or inability to show any concern for Lou is palpable.

Box Office
The film made $207mil at the Worldwide Box Office.