The film stars the Game of Thrones fame Emilia Clarke, who was last seen in the disastrous Terminator Genisys, alongside Sam Claflin who's famous for his role in The Hunger Games franchise, which is also ironically a film adapted from a famous book series. The long list of cast members also includes other Game of Thrones actors such as Samantha Spiro and Charles Dance apart from Janet McTeer, Brendan Coyle, Jenna Coleman and Matthew Lewis who is best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films (which is also, you guessed it, based on a novel series).
Me Before You is the story of an unambitious small-town girl Lou (Clarke) who ends up as a caretaker for quadriplegic Will (Clafin) who's someone that lived life on its edge before an accident got him paralyzed. As a person who has lost everything, including the girl of his dreams to his best-friend, Will opts to undergo an assisted suicide. But like an oasis in a barren desert, Lou's perkiness and innocence charms Will. If he gets to undo his decision of taking his life and if he wins Lou forms the crux of Me Before You.
As a whimsically dressed young woman, Emilia Clarke has tried her best to emote, which is something that she rarely had the opportunity to showcase, and has come out decently. Sam Claflin on the other hand looks like a paralyzed Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey minus the you-know-what part.
Director Thea Sharrock has given her best in trying to make the audience laugh and cry when she wants to and from the looks of it, she has achieved it to an extent. The way Patrick (Matthew Lewis) is shown as a boyfriend of 7 years who can't even be loving looks highly unconvincing.
The film doesn't get us to sympathize with Will's state and it half-heartedly attempts to justify his decision. What we do get to experience is a roller-coaster of emotions in this melodramatic flick. Though Sharrock is able to get the audience to fall in love with the pair, the unrealistic seriousness of the hero is too heavy for the romantic line and it crumbles under the weight of reality.
Overall, Me Before You has what it takes to make you cry, either for how lovely the story is or how badly it has been made.