Plot Summary: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they’re going to change each other for all time.
Staring: Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke
Directed By: Thea Sharrock
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Welcome to another installment of Julie and Lynn talk about bookish subjects. This time, we watched Me Before You. TOGETHER. Here are our thoughts on the movie.
So, movie night was totally awesome, great snacks, great company. Even some heavy breathing dogs.
I agree. We should definitely repeat that! Especially with book related movies. It was a very relaxing evening!
I’m all for a movie night in. Bookish movies are most fun because we already know the story, and like it (or we wouldn’t even be sitting there).
True. And the benefit oh having movie night at home (and not the theater) is that we can pause and or comment as needed. Plus much healthier snacking.
I like that we can talk and discuss! No one to shush us!
true. I prefer my movie theaters silent. But having the opportunity to talk is good as well. We can discuss as we go!
I know we both mentioned how we might not have enjoyed the movie without the book.
I think we are probably very critical of the bookish movies we watch for the reasons mentioned.
I definitely think that’s true.
And Me Before You, was much much better in book form.
Also true. The movie left me wanting more.
I remember being so pissed at Will for his decision. I completely agree with Lou that he was being incredibly selfish. The movie? I didn’t have a strong emotional care one way or another. And that’s too bad.
Yes – and the book left me wondering why Lou was even falling in love with Will. He was a jerk to her at the beginning. But the movie skimmed over that.
I feel like with the book, all the tiny details, their day to day interactions, they all added up and finally made sense. Skipping to just the highlights like the movie did just left a lot of that build up and emotion out.
the acting maybe? The emotions were lacking – it felt like everyone was a robot almost. It is hard to be upset when the characters aren’t even all that devastated.
That’s a very good observation. Without the small scenes, we are left without the emotional connection of the book.
And I think you might be right about the acting as well. I’m thinking about all the cut scenes between Lou and Patrick. We didn’t get that they were living together. And that Lou was miserable. So did we even care when they broke up?
I didn’t see any connection between them at all. That was almost like an afterthought, oh yea we have to include the Patrick scenes.
Right? Especially when he states that they’ve been together for 7 years. I would have thought 7 years would equate to some more scenes. And again, emotions.
It was definitely lacking for me, and I can see people who never read the book totally taking the movie the wrong way. I’m just happy they never showed the details at the end heh. I was wondering if they would show more.
I would have to agree with you there. I do not need those kind of details.
I missed the scenes from the book when Lou was on the chat boards planning the trips and getting advice from other people in Will’s situation. That really made me even more mad at Will in the book.
HAHAHA. I was just typing the same thing!
I think it would have helped us understand Will’s decision. And know that not everyone feels the same.
Yes! Great minds. Especially with the backlash this movie has been getting, that would have helped.
yes. I think there might have been less backlash with those scenes. But that also, some of the backlash could have been from people who hadn’t even seen the movie. Or read the book. They didn’t know anything about it. Except for the assisted suicide part.
Yea, true. Trollers gonna troll.
I think I gave the book 4 stars but the movie? Maybe 3? Not sure.
Yeah – I agree on both of those ratings.
Should we talk about the actors? I loved Emilia Clark as Lou. I think she did a great job. Plus AMAZING shoes.
And all the other great actors – Brendan Coyle, Charles Dance – who were just relegated to background scenes. But those characters could have been so much more developed, like in the book.
Yes all those shoes. But they barely even said she’s a designer. I liked how her quirkiness was portrayed. I think Emilia did a good job. All the joy on her face watching the symphony for example.
true about the joy on her face. Very infectious! She broke down Will’s guard.
And that we prefer Sam as Finnick?
Ok I think we’re done hah
hah – I think so, too! We covered everything – how the book was better, with more emotions. Would we recommend the movie? For me, maybe only if you read the book. Otherwise, don’t bother.
Agree. If you read the book and want to see some lovely English countryside and funky yellow stripped stockings, then yea go ahead and rent it.
lol. Yes. Exactly!
Did you watch Me Before You? Read the book? What did you think of both / either?