Based on the book by Jojo Moyes (and written for screen by her too), Me Before You follows the story of Lou Clark (Emilia Clarke), an enthusiastic young woman in search of a new job. Despite being completely inexperienced, Lou applies to take care of a recently paralysed man, Will Traynor (Sam Clafin), who is incredibly arrogant and reluctant to receive her help. But Lou finds a way to get to him, trying to make his life as happy as it can possibly be, and in doing so, the two start to realise they may just have feelings for one another.
It's a touching tale of a bond between two people, and no, that bond isn't always romantic. In fact, for a good chunk of this movie, the two have absolutely no romantic interest in each other whatsoever, and while the trailers do lead you to believe otherwise, I don't even think they went on a single date in this movie. While this could turn some people away who were hoping for a full on love story, I didn't mind it. It's not a super romantic film, despite using some romance conventions, and I really liked that aspect of it.
The thing is, when dealing with a topic as sensitive as this one, they don't always dwell in the realm of realism, and while I certainly don't want every film I watch to be realistic, it does, from time to time, feel manipulative and offensive, especially in some of the more sincere moments. They don't earn your sadness, they guilt trip you into it, and they do so in a slightly insensitive way, along with many other insensitivities. They mean well, I know that, and it's rather sweet from time to time, but I just couldn't help but feel this way.
To sum up, Me Before You is a sweet and touching romance movie that doesn't really feel all that romantic. While it's led by two great and likeable performances, the narrative can be predictable and insensitive at times, dragging the overall film down.