I don't often go to the cinema, I find it overpriced and I'd much rather sit in the comfort of my own home and watch a film once it's been released on Sky or DVD, however, I made an exception yesterday when Me Before You was released.
I'd read the book by Jojo Moyes back in March and loved it so much much that I knew I couldn't wait to see the film on this occasion. I usually prefer to read a book before seeing the film adaptation as in most cases, it's always much better, and this was the case with Me Before You, but I still enjoyed the film for what it was.
The problem is that the book raises some very serious issues. If you're not familiar with the story, it's about Louisa Clark, happy with her lot in life, and Will Traynor, the guy who had everything, including his health until an accident robbed him of this and he became quadriplegic. I don't want to say too much about the story in case I spoil it for anyone who hasn't yet read the book or seen the film, however, some serious subjects were tackled in the book. To then portray the story on film as a chick flick has, in my opinion, done it an injustice as I think these topics were skirted around and they should have been given a greater prominence in the film.
I can see the point of many disability activists who are up in arms about the film showing the life of a paralysed man in a negative light, but had the film been made in a different vein and steered away from the chick flick genre, I'm sure the serious issues could have been dealt with more appropriately.
I did enjoy the film though and if you're thinking of going, I can recommend you take plenty of tissues with you. There's one point in particular when the whole audience were wiping away their tears and lots of sniffs could be heard. I was managing to hold it all in until the girl next to me (not Eleanor) started literally sobbing. Mind you, I cry at the John Lewis Christmas adverts, there's no hope for me.