Me Before You (2016) Review

Review by James Maina


This is the BEST romantic drama movie of 2016. Made on a slim budget of 20m, it has grossed over 200m, so if you miss this one you will have missed the most emotionally defining and thought provoking movie of 2016. Be warned: you will cry watching this one.

This is a movie made for common people. No special effects, no guns, no aliens, no FBI, no Americans except for the mention of Jay Z and amazing soundtrack from Ed Sheeran. This movie is just about a guy, his physiotherapist, a dumb chic, his extremely wealthy mom and dad, his ex and her new ‘prince’ hubby. A love triangle perfect for a TV series.

The Oscars *should* nominate this movie for its performances and bold portrayal of a sensitive topic. The leading actor totally makes you believe he is crippled – and does it so well you cannot even imagine him walking. But hats off go the leading lady. “Lou” – Emily Clarke – does an amazing performance as a young girl looking for a job and taking up anything, absolutely anything, to help out things financially at home.

She is so ordinary looking, so non-smart, that 10 minutes into the movie you will wonder, what is this? She is the opposite of Lucy (2014). If you make it past that point, she will slowly draw you into her magical world – a very normal life – with a dumb boyfriend, a dad stressed by economic changes beyond his control, a supporting mum who does nothing else and an opportunity to make some buck to support her family that involved taking care of someone who doesn’t like being take care of.

This movie is a gem in modern filmmaking.

Their is a love story – if you call it that – that brews between the young invalid Will, living in a castle with nothing to look forward to but pain and grief, and the clueless caretaker, that is very naturally portrayed.It is what you or I would behave like or ask if you were in either situation.

The best thing about this movie is the absolute lack of over dramatisation during emotional events – like seeing Will shed tears. It literally breaks your heart. I don’t know how they did it, but they did it. They made a perfect movie.

Almost perfect.

The ending was not so perfect, but i wont spoil it for you.

An almost perfect movie for an almost perfect day. Rated 9.5 out of 10, missing those 0.5 because of the heart breaking ending. PS: When  you see an awesome movie, you tend to remember every quote, every word. Here are some quotes from the movie:

“Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle.”

“Some mistakes…just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

“I would rather be with you — even the you that you seem to think is diminished — than with anyone else in the world.”

“Don’t smile at me like that” “Why not?” “Coz i don’t know what it means”

“You are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.”

“He hates me, every time he looks at me as if I am stupid” “You are pretty stupid” “Yea but he doesn’t know that yet!”



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James Maina is the editor of What To Watch. Passionate about the creative world of film and media, James loves to create magazines, video games, websites and android apps in his spare time, but he is most passionate about one thing: Movies on the big screen. Email your feedback to