So since I`ve recently read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and watched the movie adaption, I thought it would be quite fun to write a review to compare the movie towards the book.
Just a little disclaimer first: I am not a professional movie reviewer and I have no experience what so ever, so I`m just going to what I feel right and we`re going to have a roll (I hope it`s going to be one of the most thrilling ride you`ve ever been on!!!
When I read Me Before You I was immediately drawn into the British town and the British wit that most of the characters seem to possess. Therefore I was quite anxious before I watched the film, because I wasn`t sure if the movie would portray this British wit with justice. However, I was evenly settled as the movie had close links with the novel itself. For example, most of the prominent parts of the books, like when Will tells Lou she hasn`t been anywhere yet and this is why her favourite place is the castle.
Furthermore I feel like the movie has done the book justice because there were quotes taken from the book and the plot of the movie was exactly like the book (apart from some minor bits, which I will talk about later). The movie even gave out the same tone that the book did- it was humorous at the beginning, but it also had the melancholy tone that the book had.
Moreover the film was an accurate adaption of the film- there weren`t any new plot added. I was also able to connect with the characters, like I did with the book. Emilia Clark, who plays Lou, was an amazing actress who captured Lou`s character and she was so funny and such a likable character. In addition Sam Caflin, who plays Will, also captured Will`s character and he was able to portray the raw emotions that made me cry. To sum up, the actors was aimed correctly with their portrayal of the characters and they definitely did serve the book justice. They had my two friends bawling their eyes out!
Another aspect of the film that I enjoyed was the soundtrack. I think the soundtrack was very accurate in making the audience feel the emotions that they were meant to feel and the sound track fitted the movie completely. You had contemporary artists, such as Ed Sheeran and who doesn`t like a bit of Ed Sheeran, you also had more classical composers (Mozart) which added a more humorous effect (in my opinion).
Although there was another aspect of the book that the producers and directors didn`t add to the movie, and this was the theme of family. In the book family played an important role in Lou and Will`s life. In the film Will`s sister wasn`t added and meanwhile it didn`t bother me much, the fact that Lou`s sister Katrina didn`t play a vital part of the book did upset me. In the book it was Lou and Katrina`s relationship that made me able to connect with Lou, they`re relationship also added a bit of humor, like when Lou kept of getting jealous. However I do understand why it wasn`t added– the film would be about 4 hours long- but it would have been nice if it was.
Overall, Me Before You (the movie) was a tearjerker that hit you when you weren`t expecting it. For the first half of the movie you would be crying you eyes out because the witty remarks were so funny, however the other half of the movie… well I`ll let you see it for yourself.