Me Before You
“I wanted to get across how rare it is that we allow someone into our lives and trust them to show us a different way to exist”- Thea Sharrock
“Me before you”…the best selling novel by JoJo Moyes turned box office hit leaving the nation crying into their over priced popcorns and pic’n’mix.
I hadn’t actually read the book before seeing the film, but immediately purchased a copy following it (and am anxiously awaiting my pre-ordered copy of the sequel). Furthermore I’ve now see the film twice as my parents invited me to accompany them (totally worth third wheeling them to the cinema to see both of them welling up at the emotional bits they didn’t anticipate). So I decided it was maybe something worth writing about.
But it’s more than just another cheesy romcom… the tear jerker of a film is more than just a tale of an unconventional romance.
“I wanted to stick to the universal theme of the simple and yet wonderful way these people fall in love, while creating a space for people to think about what matters” -Thea Shamrock (director)
It was the kind of film I love, that transports you somewhere else for a brief period of time and leaves you to go away with something to think about. Sure it was comical in parts, cute in others, and it definitely had it’s fair share of emotional moments. But it made you think. Guaranteed no one left the cinema without thinking “what if”…
What if… we lived our lives a little differently?
What if… we actually went to the places we always dreamed of going, or tried the things we are scared of trying.
The premise of the film is that Lou, a girl who has never escape her home town, nor does she think she wishes too is employed to care for Will. A previously high flying successful business and all round action man, who is left a quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident. Whilst Lou finds ways to show Will he still has a life to live, he shows her that she’s really not been living at all. She sees her life for what it is pretty mundane and totally void of adventure…safe. Will pushes her and inspires her to think that maybe there is more to life than the small town she lives in. For us as the audience though it’s about comfort zones, what are our “small towns”….we may not all be living at home without no plans to leave that may not be our comfort zone per say, but nonetheless we all have them. Boxes that confine us…and so really shouldn’t be comfortable place at all.
“Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone”
The opening quote at the top of this post by director Thea Sharrock, I love. The idea that sometimes we don’t even let those we trust in our lives change how we live them…but that maybe we should. Maybe we shouldn’t critique or reject different ways of living, but perhaps be a little more open to it…and if nothing else we’d perhaps gain a little more understanding of the people in our lives…
….Just a thought.
“You only get one life, it’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible”-JoJo Moyes