Going into this film, I was slightly optimistic. I don't usually love films of this type, however the trailers were compelling and the reviews were pretty good for a film of this genre. Ultimately, "Me Before You" was an above average entry to the genre, however a lackluster film overall.
The acting is definitely the highlight of this film. Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin are both good actors, and they have great chemistry. Both of their emotions were believable (with the exception of one subpar crying scene from Clarke), and they seem like they were devoted to their roles.
The plot of the film is very formulaic and predictable, however that can be expected from young adult adaptations. I could have also done without the political message involving assisted suicide (not a spoiler, it was featured in the trailer). The two main characters are actually rather well-written. They are dynamic, likable characters that the audience is able to sympathize with. The rest of the characters, however, are not well-written at all. They are extremely static, and just seem there to deliver lines in order to move certain elements of the plot along. Patrick is definitely the worst of these characters as he is a forced "antagonist", and not even a good one at that. All of that being said, I still enjoyed much of the film until it began to drag a bit around an hour and twenty minutes in.
There were also some weird creative choices in the making of the film. The soundtrack often didn't match the tone of what was happening on screen. There was also some weird cinematography that seemed like it was trying to be metaphorical, however it does not deliver.
So overall, "Me Before You" didn't really do for me what I wanted it to. The target audience will likely enjoy it, but otherwise, you don't need to rush out to see it.
Me Before You
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it.
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