When a movie makes you laugh, cry, think, and you go back to watch it a second time, that’s a good sign.
Director Thea Sharrock brings the writing of Jojo Moyes to life in this screen adaptation of Moyes’ best selling novel, Me Before You.
The story is that of Lou Clark (Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke), a young woman trying to find work to help support her struggling family. After a couple of failed job applications, Lou finds work as a carer and companion to Will Traynor.
Will (Sam Claflin) was a successful young business man who couldn’t imagine his life being better, until, one day, and accident changes everything. Will is left a quadriplegic; an outcome he understandably struggles with.
Lou’s chattiness and outgoing choice in clothing style endears her to everyone she meets. She engages Will and his nurse Nathan (Stephen Peacocke) in sarcastic repartee consistently as she gets to know Will and subsequently, little by little, starts to cheer him up.
The costume department for Lou must have had an absolute blast sourcing her clothes. She has no fear in her wardrobe choices, mixing colors, patterns, and textures to create some truly individual outfits. Her clothes also play an important role in setting the mood for much of the movie; becoming truly out-there or magnificently stunning when the mood is high and everything seems wonderful, or becoming a little more careless and simple when things begin to look bleak.
Fair warning. Although you will get a few good laughs, this movie is probably one to watch with tissues on hand.