Me Before You (2016)
Drama, Romance, Comedy (?) – UK, USA – 1 h 50 min
Written by Jojo Moyes (also the author of the novel)
Directed by Thea Sharrock
Me before seeing the movie: yay! Let’s watch this! Both the poster and the trailer look so promising! ;D
Me after seeing the movie: Meh.
The man: a good-looking, rich, in his early thirties, living a life full of extreme sports. Then, an accident happens (What a surprise! Wow! Who would ever expect this?) that lefts him paralyzed, practically friendless and stuck in his parents’ castle.
The woman: a good-looking, freshly fired from her waitress post, twenty-something wearing clothes either of a grandma or a fifth-grader, who is desperate to help her family financially (quote: We need that money!). She decides to go for an interview for the post of a companion/carer of a paralyzed man, the man. And, oh, she gets the job, despite her zero qualifications and none experience.
It was so unexpected that they won’t get on well at the beginning but fall in love later. Except for it wasn’t.
I was amazed how much cliche is that movie. I know that drama-romance films usually follow well-known schemes but really I was certainly not prepared for this.
It was funny or ridiculous in moments probably not intended to be. Take Mother of the Dragons’, erm, Emilia Clarke’s unbelievable eyebrow dance and forehead’s skin movements. It surely has a lot of comedy potential. However, it didn’t fit in the movie’s theme in my opinion. Instead, that features would be terrific in John Bean-like sketches.
I find it hard to believe how many wrongs are included in the plot and portrays of the characters. The main heroine seems to be retarded for, like, a half of the movie. Turns out she isn’t. The paralyzed man going for the wedding of his former best friend and his former girlfriend? That’s absurd and unreal! The strangest for me is, however, the conclusion.
The lesson taught by this movie is as follows: be a poor but attractive woman -> fall in love (unwillingly!) with a rich man -> spend some wonderful time on exotic trips with him -> get money from him and live happily despite tragical past of your love. The end.
I haven’t read the book but now I am definitely not going to read either.
Anyone has anything good to say about the movie? Please, do cause I only liked the appearance of one dress and the marvellous scenery of an exotic island.
My rating: 3/10