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Emilia Clark built her career on being one of the most popular characters of the hit TV show Game of Thrones. However with the unimpressive performance of Terminator Genisys, can she bounce back with this romantic drama and show that she’s as good on the big screen as she is on the show?
Emilia Clark stars as Louisa Clark who’s desperate to make a living to help her family. She takes a job taking care of recently paralyzed Will Traynor (Sam Claflin). Things doesn’t go smoothly for Louisa as Will is proving to be very difficult to work with. However with her charming personality she’s able to form a bond with Will which may ease him of his pain and suffering.
For a romantic drama, glad to say our two leads were great. Emilia Clark plays a quirky small town girl with a very charming personality and she plays it as best as she could. From delivering lines with perfect comedic timing to crying in heavy dramatic scenes, she’s shown that she got range and that she’s not always the badass dragon riding person that we know from Game of Thrones.
Sam Claflin is also great in the movie as he plays a very moody person who’s suffered and lost so much due to an accident. At first it’s difficult to relate to him since on the outside he’s still a ridiculously rich handsome person. But we do empathize at a certain level when exposed to his vulnerabilities.
The movie has a great mixture of comedy and drama which helped the pacing of the almost two hour movie. It’s never boring and you feel engrossed in the story.
As great as Emilia Clark’s performance in the movie, she does feel miscast-ed as the movie sells her as a small town quirky person who’s not very smart and sometimes clumsy. Unfortunately it didn’t work as the movie hoped it would be. You don’t believe that she’s the average looking girl who magically transforms once she takes her glasses off or in this case, when she wears a red dress.
The movie falls in cliched romantic tropes especially when it comes to Will Traynor realizing that Louisa Clark is beautiful this whole time and falls for her. And at times the writing didn’t make sense and becomes very superficial in certain scenes with issues mainly being first world problems.
Overall Me Before You is a good romantic drama, the dialogue isn’t as pretentious as The Fault in Our Stars and it does a great job pacing through it’s running time. The performances were decent especially Emilia Clark who tried her best. Unfortunately the way she was portrayed and the movie’s superficial writing drags the movie down tremendously. Still, it’s a charming, tear-jerker movie which couples and some single women and men can enjoy.