Sometimes love takes you where you never expected to go. Lousia "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) lives in the English countryside. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test when she faces her newest career challenge: as caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Sam Claflin).
Now wheelchair-bound from an accident, Will has all but given up. That is, until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for and find their lives - and hearts - changing in ways neither one could have imagined.
I'm not a hige romantic movie person, had seen the ads but not 100% sure that I wanted to see this movie and I certainly wasn't interested in the book. I ended up watching this last night, despite knowing how the story would end and in a more of a passing the time, probably won't finish it, mood. Well, I did end up finishing the film and whilst I'm not going to rush off to watch it again, I do admit that I was pretty much bawling my eyes out at the end of the movie. Claflin did a superb job as Will, fully believable as a tetraplegic as well as with his emotional state of mind.
I did find that I had a love hate relationship with Lou, I loved her outlook on life, her clothes and her shoes!!!! Loved her shoes. But, I did find that there were times when her facial expressions drove me crazy and I found them to be so very very irritating (more the moments when she had multiple facial expressions in a very short time). I did find that the relationship between Lou and her boyfriend seemed a tad out of sorts with the film and it just felt very abrupt with how it got left off, that could have been done better. The majority of the plot was good and moved at a decent pace and felt believable. One certainly does hope for some sort of a happy ending, but I am happy with how it ended, made it feel more real, and most of the last ten minutes or so I spent with tears streaming down my face, so it pulled on the right heartstrings.
While I'm not fussed about watching this movie again, it was certainly moving and not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.
In the past 48 hours I have watched two romantic movies and both have made me cry for completely different reasons. The first, Bridget Jones Baby had me in tears of laughter at how funny life can be and how crazy things can be when you have no control or really no idea of what your zany future holds. Then there is this second movie which had me crying tears of sadness at how unfair life can be and how tragic it is when totally unexpected accidents can throw you a curve ball.
Although slow in some places, it still held a good pace and I found I was compelled right from the start. Lou was endearing and sweet and the way she could put a positive spin on everything with that big smile of hers (although annoying at times) still made you fall head over heels in love with her and all you wanted was a happily ever after for her. Your heart ached for Will and although deep down you know his situation would never improve you were still hoping for any kind of miracle or at least for him to try to enjoy life. Even when he had made his mind up I was hoping deep down that he would change it and try to settle for the potential of a life with Lou and for his parents.
The movie reminds you how fragile your body is and in a split second everything can change. How love is not always enough when your body is given up and the will to live is all but gone. The pain and memories are too much for one person to endure. It is sad, it is raw, it is honest.
The acting and casting were great. Wills portrayal of a paralyzed guy was so realistic you could most certainly believe his body no longer worked. Knowing that he went from enjoying extreme sports and doing anything his heart desired to needing help just to get out of bed. That the littlest thing could cause internal issues and his health had to be constantly monitored daily. I wanted him so badly to push past the belief that his life was over and instead grab it with both hands and make the best of a bad situation, but as his mother explained he was stubborn and once his mind was made up there would be no changing it no matter how hard Lou and her crazy clothing or vibrant personality tried.
If it was up to me I would of written a completely different ending, but then I am a sucker for the fairy tales and hate reality especially when it is so harsh. I can honestly say do not watch this movie without a tissue as it will end very messily for you if you try. A great tear jerker that makes you want to go out and buy bumble bee tights and wear bright colorful dresses and buy butterfly hair clips and enjoy every second of your life as you never know what is going to happen next.
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