Posted Jun 08 2016

Me Before You -This Movie Donut Rocks

Dir: Thea Sharrock

Starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, Matthew Lewis

Yes, Jojo Moyes’ adaptation of her best-selling novel is soppy as all hell. And yes, it has more sugar than a large box of donuts. But sometimes a large box of donuts is not a bad thing.

Clarke gets to display a good deal more range here than she ever does on Thrones, as the young woman – with an appalling fashion sense – who becomes the carer of recently disabled rich boy Claflin. Needless to say he resists her charms at first, before eventually succumbing. But be warned this is three-hanky movie and the trip to Dignitas is already booked.

The film is very sweet, almost cloying, and yes, obvious in a “get me to the death scene” kind of way. But it’s very nicely played, with Clarke radiating charm, and Claflin better than he’s ever been in what could so easily have been a one note cliché of a turn. Dance and McTeer also offer winning support. Coleman, however, as Clarke’s big sister is unfortunately underused.

You might well laugh. You might well cry. It’s no Love Story (but then again what is?) But it’s also no Fault In Our Stars – it’s noticeably better.


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