Me Before You is an American-British romantic drama film directed by Thea Sharrock and adapted from a novel written by Jojo Moyes. The movie was newly released for about a month and already made rounds in the net and trigger different reactions from different people who have watched it. Out of curiosity, why not watch this movie myself and give my personal opinion and point of view regarding this year’s most talk about movie.
Louisa Clark, a bubbly and “free-spirit” person who has unique fashion sense, needs a new job after getting fired in a café. She eventually ended up working as a caregiver for Will Traynor who is a wealthy quadriplegic struggling from depression. Will Traynor was such a pain in the ass and all he ever wanted was to make Lou’s life miserable. However, Lou’s determined heart pursues his job and the movie continued with their rom-com line of getting to know each other where eventually they ended up falling for each other. But to my disappointment, Will has already decided to end up his misery and wanted to kill himself at Dignitas, a real life assisted suicide center in Switzerland, because of the sufferings he said he is experiencing including the resentments he feel for not able to do the things he used to do. The later part of the movie was a struggle for Will’s mom & Lou to convince him to change his decision.
Throughout the film, you can indeed see a typical romantic story of two individual who despites disability can be loved and love each other. Filmed in different romantic places like Wales and Majorca, you’ll definitely fell for it. It will make you remember how lovely and beautiful to love and be loved by someone. Yet, the disturbing part of the movie is the fact that Will easily gave up from his battle even though he found a true love in the presence of Lou who does not care about his shortcomings. The movie, neither shown the sufferings Will has been experiencing nor the real situation a person with disability is undergoing. Now, I understand why more people with disability have a negative reaction not only about the movie but also with the book where the movie was adapted. Everyone has the right to choose whatever he feels will make him happy but ending up one’s life just like that is really not fair. This movie does not motivate not only a person with disability but all those who are facing difficulties in their lives. It neither teach us to still be grateful with what God is giving us either be good or bad in our perception. I may not personally know how and what difficulties disabled person, either physically or emotionally, is experiencing but I admire them for still fighting their battles. Life is a precious gift from above that needs to be shared with the person you love like family, friends and even enemies.