Film review: Me Before You starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke

We'll take the supermarket's entire stock of tissues, please

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So what's it all about, then?

An adaptation of Jojo Mojes New York Time Best Seller of the same name, Me Before You tells the tale of William Traynor (Sam Claflin); a successful guy who made the most of life before becoming paralysed in an accident.

Two years later, when Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) loses her cafe waitressing job, wheelchair-bound Will's mum Camilla hires her as his carer and the pair embark on a turbulent journey together. After overhearing a conversation of Will's parents' and discovering Will's mum initially refused his request to end his own life through assisted suicide organisation Dignitas until they came to an agreement he'd live six more months, Louisa makes it her mission to change his mind.

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Basically the premise is can Louisa change Will's life in such a way that he'll choose to live? It's deep stuff.

Anyone good in it?

Er, you could say that. It's Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke, for crying out loud.

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Am I going to laugh so hard I wee a bit when I watch it?

In a word, no. What you will do, though, is cry so hard you're gonna have to clear out your local supermarket's entire stock of Kleenex before you've even checked the cinema times. As you can probably imagine, a narrative centering around assisted suicide and its effect on loved ones isn't an easy watch.

If it won an Oscar it'd be for...

We hate to sound all cliché, but for making us cry more than The Notebook and that time Zayn Malik bought his mum a house in This Is Us combined. That's no easy task.

But these bits should have been left on the cutting room floor...

Honestly? None of it. As hard as some of the scenes are to comprehend, it's all so vital to the storyline even the toughest of dialogue couldn't be cut. Also, this is real life. Situations like Will and Louisa's are all too real and there's no running from that, unfortunately.

Overall rating?

4.5 1

Fans of Jojo's novel will not be disappointed. This movie addresses the subject of assisted suicide in a weirdly charming and, at times, humorous way. Granted, we sobbed our actual eyeballs out throughout; but that doesn't mean to say we didn't leave that cinema feeling a sense of optimism. That might not make sense till you see the movie, but it's a romantic tale that's as thought-provoking as it is tragic.

Me Before You is out in cinemas on June 3rd. Don't forget to tweet us @sugarscape and like us over on Facebook after this little bonus Sam Claflin vid, yeah? TA.

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