Me Before You [2016] ★★★

Me-Before-You-Movie-PosterFormulaic as though it may be, “Me Before You” is filled with a sweet spirit and engagingly likable characters, which makes it almost hard to resist. Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke transforms herself completely, playing a small town Englishwoman who gets hired to take care of a wealthy, paralyzed man, played by Sam Claflin. A cheesy love story from a cheesy romantic book. Be honest, that’s what you’re thinking. Prejudging is easy when it comes to stories like this. As it turns out, “Me Before You” isn’t a bad book or a bad movie. Author Jojo Moyes made the wise decision to be funny in telling her sad story. And the film, directed by Thea Sharrock, follows in her footsteps. It’s a sweet, emotional movie, injected with humor and heartbreak. Does the movie always stay on track? No. But it has enough charm to leave you with a warm feeling. Not many romantic movies can accomplish that (especially not Nicholas Sparks’ stories), which is why this one is so welcome.

Rating: 3/4

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