The first time I watched Me Before You was in 2016. I was on a flight from Amsterdam back to China, and I had A LOT of time to kill. FYI, it takes approximately 11 hours to arrive in Xiamen （厦门）. How do I get there from Suriname, the country almost no one knows and does not seem like it connects to any other country? Well, since we were colonized
terrorized by The Netherlands until 1975. That is why there are direct flights between Suriname and Amsterdam. And luck so has it that there is a direct flight from Amsterdam to Xiamen, the city I lived for four years.
This will definitely not win an Oscar, not unless you can win one for putting smiles on people their faces. I cried and I smiled. Let me tell you a secret: I always cry when watching sad movies (or when the MCs realize a dream, like when Billy Elliot became the dancer to see at the end of the movie).
After becoming unemployed, Louisa Clark is forced to accept one which requires her to take care of Will Traynor, a paralyzed man. The two of them soon bond with each other.Courtesy of Google
Okay… Let me clear something up first. I will not talk about the disturbing message this movie sends about quadriplegics and euthanasia. This post will not be too political, I just want to focus on the story.
Why do I like Me Before You? I like it because the MCs are two mismatched souls, their love would never bloom. The Will before the accident loves life, lives life to the fullest, and loves who he is. Unfortunately, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time; A motorbiker hit him and the result is that Will became paralyzed from the neck down… Well, not completely, for he has limited use of his arms.
Louisa loses her job and has no skills whatsoever. She goes to a temp agency and finds a job as a caregiver. What she does not know when she gets the job, is that Will made up his mind and does not want to live anymore. He hates the Will he is now: Dependent and not able to do what he loves, and be who he knew himself as. It is an understatement to say he does not accept the new version of his life.
When Lou learns of his plan to end his life, she takes it upon herself to change his mind.
I knew she would not succeed, but I did HOPE she would. What can I say, I am romantic and love LOVE! Louisa is such an innocent and kindhearted person, and I really love her for that. But there was no way she could possibly change Will his mind. He has a strong personality, and people like him are not quick to change their minds. Once they decide something they believe is in their best interest, they will not change their minds. I know, I am like that. You can do whatever you want, they will not change their minds.
To those who have not seen the movie yet, I recommend it. I emphasize again to not focus on the disturbing choice he makes to end his life. But… I do not know, maybe I would do the same in his case. It is easy to judge if the shoe is on the other foot. No, I do not like what he did, and some people might get the wrong message… but I would be lying if I said I did not understand his motivation.
I have no idea what I would do in such a situation or if he were my son. It has to be horrible for a parent to go through this but in the end… it IS his life. Will is an adult of sound mind, he can decide for himself.
He hung around for another six months, because he thought of his parents. As a parent, I can imagine that they hoped he would change their mind in the meantime. We never want our loved ones to leave us. But at some point, we have to accept that it is their decision to do whatever they think is best for them, even if we do not understand, do not agree, and it will break our hearts.
I love this movie because it taught me to live life to the fullest. Like I said before: Why like pictures of someone else bungee jumping, skydiving, what-have-you. Go out and do it yourself. I hate this acronym, but YOLO, folks. For me, the quality of life far outweighs other things. And what I mean is this: being healthy, happy, and having love in your life.
This movie receives four stars for making me smile.