The problems with the rom com film genre is well documented, so I don’t have to go into it again here. That being said this British romantic comedy is rather a good one. Probably because it does not follow the usual cookie cutter storyline that is typical of the genre. Or puts quirky accents on the girl meets guy, they fall for one another but an obstacle is in the way of them living happily ever after.
Based on a best selling book by Jojo Moyes, the story is rather a bittersweet one with plenty of the sweet coming from the glowing light that is actress Emilia Clarke. She just brings sunshine every moment she is on screen in this one. You actually believe that there could be a person who is so positive instead of rolling your eyes. A case of perfect casting.
After losing her long standing and needed (to help out her family moneywise) job at a book store, Louisa, or Lou as most call her, Clark (Emilia Clarke – from television’s Game of Thrones) is lost in life. The perennially chipper Lou’s cheerful outlook is put to the test when the only job she can find in her small town is to work as caregiver to Will Traynor (Sam Claflin – Adrift, The Huntsman: Winter’s War), a young banker who is now paralyzed due to an accident.
Sunshine begins to win out over clouds when Lou’s disposition brings Will over to the sunny side of the street. They begin to go out together and do things. Even the wedding of Will’s former girlfriend, Alicia (Vanessa Kirby – from television’s The Queen) and the opera. The two get closer even eventually falling in love causing Lou to dump her boyfriend, Patrick (Matthew Lewis – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2). Soon this love changes them both except for one important way.
Admittedly, I never read the book, so cannot really compare. Will just judge it on the usual movie criteria. First off, and very importanly in a rom com, the chemistry between Emilia Clarke and Sam Clafin was great. Nothing ever felt unrealistic or forced between the two. Emilia Clarke is delightful in the more showy of the two roles. With charisma oozing from every pore and her infamous dancing eyebrows unleashed, she creates a character who is impossible not to like. Though there is always a certain level of predictability in the genre there is enough of a different slant here to keep things intresting. You will alternate between laughing and having your heart break. Bottom line is that you will be invested in the outcome. A win for any film.
-Me Before You: From Page to Screen