When was the last time you read a book after watching its movie adaptation? Well, for starters, as far as I can remember, The Fault in Our Stars was the last film after which I became glued on its novel counterpart. Actually, it is very rare that a movie adaptation surpasses its original written version. But then, there are some films which do full justice to the books on which they are based. And today, we shall explore one such title.
We are talking about Me Before You — a beautifully sad love story of two individuals — who cannot be more unlike each other. This onscreen adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ novel of the same name succeeds 100% in reliving the magic of the novel. Starring our favorite Game of Thrones Khaleesi — Emilia Clarke and the handsome Hunger Games Finnick — Sam Clafin, Me Before You explores the concepts of everlasting love, complex morality, and living each day of our lives to the fullest. Devastatingly heartbreaking, it is the story of two lovers facing the toughest decision of their lives. So, now, let’s see what’s all the fuss about this flick that had taken the world by storm in 2016? You will know. Just read on. But remember SPOILERS ALERT!
Summary of the Plot
The opening scene begins with a young couple — beautiful, blonde Alicia and handsome, fit, 30-something Will Traylor (Sam) making love between the white sheets and under the fluffy duvet of a bed. It is 6.15 in the morning and Will finally gets off from the bed as he has to leave for office. He gets ready, promises Alicia that he will cook dinner that night and heads out. It is raining terribly hard and he sees a taxi on the opposite side of the road. Trying to catch it, he walks across the road without glancing around, while still talking on his phone, and that’s when we see the lights of a speeding oncoming bike, with Will directly on its way. As he turns, he immediately freezes, and that’s when we know that he has met with a terrible accident.
The next scene introduces us to the quirky, cute Lou (Emilia Clarke), who chats incessantly, wears all types of colorful, childish clothes, and works in a cafe. But that day itself, she is fired from her job and walks home to her family — her parents, her sister Treena, Treena’s young son and her grandfather — living in a small house, somewhere in the city. The family runs on both the girls’ money and it’s with great difficulty that they somehow manage daily. Next, we are also introduced to Lou’s long-time runner boyfriend Patrick. He is engaged in his own world, making his own plans, while hardly having any concern or showing any attention to Lou and her likes.
Now, jobless and in the search for a new job, Lou meets with an employment agency which directs her to a well-paying, 6-month-long caretaker job for a disabled person. Lou is in need of cash and decides to take up the job. After quite an awkward interview with a lady named Camilla, the latter offers her the employment of looking after her son — who suffers from quadriplegia — with complete loss of legs and very limited use of arms and hands. So now we know, what happened to Will — from the first scene — after the accident.