GUESS WHAT…GUESS WHAT…GUESS WHAT????
I have seen Me Before You.
So, it comes out properly on Friday (the 3rd of June) but I got to see it. For some reason, I was looking at the Bristol cinemas and they just did not have the times up for it to book. I was devastated- I actually cried a little bit and then frantically searched the internet for other possibilities.
I was thinking whyyy…whyyy…whyyy can I not watch my favourite book be beautiful transformed into a film. Why are you doing this to me, Bristol? But, I found a solution. Oh, yeah I did. A little cinema in Bath (not far from Bristol) was showing ‘Me Before You’ for students only – for free!!!! So, not only did I get to see the film, but I got to see it for FREE and the bus for only 4.50.
I also got to spend the day in Bath, which was lovely. Check out the following two pictures I took of the city. It is such a quaint place.
We watched it in this cute little cinema (below) and we were soo lucky with the seating because my flatmate and I got the last two seats!!
My ‘Me Before You’ brief film review
First things first, the film broke me. I was prepared, I was ready but my heart was not. In the adverts, I whispered to my flatmate ‘I am not emotionally ready, I cannot do this’. She hasn’t read the book – but came to Bath with me anyway to watch the film and for the day out, so she looked at me like I was absolutely crazy for crying before the film even started.
I thought the cast was perfect, they made the adaptation so special and heartfelt. Lou was perfect. Emilia Clarke was amazing as her, she was hilarious and cute and Sam Claffin was incredible as Will. They both captivated my heart and made me feel the story in my bones. I know that this story will stay with me for ages, if not forever. Lou is still my spirit animal.
Jojo Moyes made sure that the film stayed true to the book and that is something that is really really important to me. Maybe I am naive in thinking that it is hard to stay true to the book but it shouldn’t be. Don’t get me wrong there were slight changes- for example, Mr. Traynor wasn’t having an affair. Well, I guess it was implied and I got the reference because I had read the book but it was subtle so it could have been easily missed. I am okay with slight changes like that and am soo happy that there wasn’t anything major.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I have heard a lot of negative comments regarding the film- shaming it for misrepresenting disability. Even now after seeing it, I can positively say ‘IT DOESN’T… IT REALLY DOESN’T’. It is a raw, realistic and relatable story and oh boy did it tug hard at my heart strings.
Here, is a hideous picture of me after the film- as you can see the film made me cry. I cried all the way through but I also laughed and cried more with laughter. The setting of the film was stunningly beautiful. Luckily my flatmate’s hometown is where the film was set, so in the summer, she is going to take me there. (Knowing me, I will be overwhelmed with emotions and cry)
In conclusion, go and see the film on Friday when it comes out but PLEASE if you enjoy reading – make sure you read the book first but otherwise it will ruin it. It is also quite a short, easy reading book, so you would be able to easily devour it.