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‘Me Before You’ Review: Starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin & Matthew Lewis

Emilia Clarke is a star on the rise. With Game of Thrones being one of the most popular television shows on right now, landing roles in massive franchises like Terminator, and now in her own starring role in Me Before You, she can’t be missed. One of the best performances I’ve seen by any actress so far this year, Clarke is absolutely stunning and infectious to watch on screen here. I adore a great romantic comedy and romantic drama, and Me Before You provides a little bit of both.

Set in England, the story focuses on a young woman Louisa (Emilia Clarke) who starts a job as a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a young wealthy man who is paralyzed following an accident. Louisa sees that Will is depressed and doesn’t have many interests, so she decides that she is going to show him that life is still worth living.

Emilia Clarke is absolutely amazing and just adorable in this film. She’s just such a happy character that I was always smiling when she was on screen. Her smile is infectious. Her chemistry with Sam Claflin is amazing and if you love a good romantic story like The Notebook or City of Angels, then this is your type of film to see.

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Me Before You isn’t a perfect romantic drama, it definitely has its melodramatic flaws, but Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin are so charming and genuine that it completely lifts the story. Fans of Jojo Moyes’ novel should be pleased since the author adapted her own screenplay and it’s a film I thought about long after it was over.

What I Loved: Emilia Clarke and pretty much every one of her outfits and funky shoes, but especially the bumblebee tights!

What I Didn’t Like: The cheesy montage of Louisa going through every book known to man about people with disabilities in the library. It was just too over the top and we already knew she was trying to help Will. Unnecessary.

How Many Times I Checked the Time: 0

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