June 18, 2016

It happened. It finally happened. On June 3rd 2016 at 4:15 P.M., I saw Me Before You. I have been waiting for this movie since January when I read the book. We all know that Me Before You is my favorite novel of all time and the movie adaptation did not disappoint me. It captured my favorite scenes beautifully and did the novel justice. I’m so happy to have experienced Lou and Will’s journey all over again. If you haven’t already, get yourself a copy of the book, read it, and then watch the movie. I promise you won’t regret it. Now, here’s my movie review of Me Before You. Hope you enjoy!

Spoiler Free Section
First off, the cast for this movie is AMAZING. I felt as if all the characters in the novel were portrayed flawlessly. I couldn’t have pictured anyone else playing them. Emilia did a great job as Lou. She really brought her character to life and it was so fun seeing the different quirky outfits that she came up with. Will was played by Sam Claflin and boy. I was attracted to Will’s character in the movie, but seeing Sam Claflin play him made me even more attracted to him. I thought Sam handled the role really well and he did an amazing job of keeping a serious face when Emilia was being her weird cute self.

The movie stayed true to the book, however, the begin of the movie went a little more quickly than I would’ve liked. Also, there were some scenes in the book that didn’t make it in the film, which did bum me out a little. But with all that being said, I still really enjoyed this movie. It made me cry just as hard as I did when I read the book. Yes, there was some cheesy moments, but all in all, this was a great adaptation and I just love it.

So that’s all for the non spoiler section. All I have left to say is that you should really go see this movie if you haven’t already. It’s more than just a love story and it holds a great life message behind it.
RATING: 8/10

Spoiler Section
So like I said previously, there were some scenes in the book that were cut off from the movie; one of them being the maze scene. If you don’t remember what I’m talking about, in the book Lou and Will were in the maze and Lou opened up about how she was raped at a party, while drunk, by a group of guys. This part in the storyline is a driving factor as to why Lou is the way she is, why she might’ve skipped out on college and stayed in the small town. However, in the movie when Will asked her why she didn’t go to college, and why she stays in town, we didn’t get a complete answer. But nevertheless, the film was fine without this specific scene, I just wished they would’ve included it somehow.

Another thing I missed from the movie was Lou messaging other people who suffer from quadriplegia and getting advice from them. The group of people she met online really helped her help Will and gave her the push to be with him before he’s gone. This wasn’t a huge miss out in the movie, but again, I would’ve liked to see it incorporated somehow.

The movie didn’t include Wills dad’s affair??

When Patrick gave Lou a necklace that had his name on it LOL.

The bubble bee tights scene broke my heart. I think that’s when the tears started forming in my eyes. Emilia is so cute in this scene and her reaction only made me hurt more because I knew what was coming.

The scene at the beach where Will tells Lou that he’s going to end his life and Lou tries to fight for him not to was the hardest scene to watch. I don’t think she told him she loved him, but nonetheless, the emotions that I felt while reading this part were revived.

The soundtrack did not help my tears either. When Photograph started playing, I was done for. The last scene between Lou and Will, I was holding a tissue over my mouth to quiet my sobs. It was that intense. And then I had to sit and watch Lou read Will’s letter in France. I don’t understand how some people weren’t crying at this point. I was a mess.

With the cut scenes and fast pace in the beginning, I would watch this movie again hands down. It was a great adaption and I can’t stress that enough. After seeing the book adaptation of Vampire Academy, I’ve been skeptical about books becoming movies, but Me Before You restored my faith.

RATING: 8/10

Thank you Emilia, Will, Matthew, Jenna, Cole, and the rest of the cast for doing an amazing job with the characters. Thank you Thea Sharrock for taking my favorite book and bringing it to life. But more importantly, thank you Jojo Moyes for writing such an amazing novel with characters that you can’t help but get attached to. I hope you all take the chance and go see this movie (it’s not like I haven’t said it 10 times). Is it a happy ending? No, but’s it worth the tears. Will it teach you something? Yes.

What are your thoughts on the movie? Did you cry as much as I did?

Thank you for reading!
xo, kathlyn

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