MOVIES

Me Before You

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It’s Lou before Will

I have this fondness catching up with bestselling novels groomed into  beautiful movies. (That’s why I love Nicholas Sparks’,  Twilight Saga, Divergent Series etc.) So i gave a shot of Jojo Moyes’ masterpiece as I watched it at noon time with my close friends despite of the rural scorching heat, rushed hours and activities lining up that day. Weew! We finally got inside the cinema almost 10 minutes after MBY started. 😀

Me Before You (film)   is a 2016 American-British romantic drama film directed by Thea Sharrock , adapted by Jojo Moyes from her 2012 novel of the same name. The film stars Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman,Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Janet McTeer. The film was released on June 3, 2016 in the United States, received mixed reviews and has grossed over $112 million worldwide ~ wiki

We watched it a week ago and had a hard time moving on from their European- English accent  to Lou’s endearment of striped socks. Emilia Clarke which played as a free-spirited young woman tasked with taking care of Will Traynor, a recent victim of a motorcycle accident that has left him quadriplegic is far from her popular role as the Mother of Dragons on HBO’s hugely-successful Game of Thrones.But we admired her awesome interpretation of the role and portrayed Lou’s warm aura in the way the movie (we believe) wants to depict it. Whereas Sam Claflin, said that it was a “minefield of challenges” having his controversial character as a sick man who pursued euthanasia and at the same time inspired a young woman in living her life to the fullest.

For me, it’s a sad, deep , meaningful and touching movie. Different from a Cinderella or a Romeo and Juliet tragic love story, but something that bounds a brave choice in between a selfish and selfless love.

Though it gained backlash from many people in the disabled community due to what they perceive as an underlying message that people with disabilities are a burden on their families and careers, and claim the film promotes the view that people are better off dead than disabled, I appeared to be sympathetic about it but I choose to just beat around the bush.

I considered how the essence of making choices is broad and realistic (setting aside the issue about mercy killing). How to meet people in life bring another meaning of it. But, at the end of the day, we make choices, we stand by our own choices, not just for ourselves, but for the important people we truly love. ❤

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I guess love is the thing that makes us do the most extraordinary things – the emotion that can bring us highest or lowest, or be the most transformative – and extremes of emotion are always interesting to write about . ~ Jojo Moyes

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