★★★★☆- This film is embedded with enough charisma and sentiment to melt a hopeless romantic’s heart but also holds a touch of light-hearted fun to make it a beautiful adaption of the best selling novel by Jojo Moyes.
STARRING: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Matthew Lewis, Jenna Louise Coleman, Janet McTeer and Steve Peacock.
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes
Louisa Clarke (Emilia Clarke) is a quirky and fun character living in a town which inhibits her from reaching her potential but she is committed to helping her family make ends meet. So when she loses her job of 7 years, her cheerful attitude it put to the test as her family pile the pressure on her to find a new job.
Out of desperation, she enters an unknown territory and accepts a job as a caregiver for wealthy Will Trainor(Sam Claflin), whose perfect life has been crippled by quadriplegia. This accident has spiralled Will into a dark place, causing him to become a bitter, obnoxious and unfriendly companion for Louisa Clarke. As viewers, we watch agonisingly as Lou’s bright personality is demolished as she struggles to stand the cold presence of Will.
However, this all changes after Louisa learns that Will is desperate to go to Switzerland and end his life. This is a pivotal moment in the film, as Louisa sees an opportunity to make a difference, and reach her potential as she is now driven by the idea of getting Will to change his mind. She comes obsessed with the idea of making him realise that life is worth living, attempting to take him to the horse races and a music concert. Her most daring attempt to change his mind, is taking him on holiday with endless amounts of luxuries and treats.Through this process, we see Will smile that little bit more, and laugh a little bit louder, giving us hope that Louisa had achieved the impossible. However, what Louisa doesn’t realise is that it is none of these attempts which have given Will a reason to smile but instead it is her, Louisa, as we see their connection climax to a heart-warming kiss between the two.
The end of the film allows us to appreciate the extent of true love and the importance to value life as we know it, ending in an emotional scene which is guaranteed to prompt tears.
Although many people could see the message of the film as being negative, as the film may be suggesting that death is preferable to a disability, it is important to think about the deeper message, which is inspiring rather than depressing. One of the key quotes in the film is said by Will Trainor himself “You only get one life, it’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible”, in my opinion this is the message that viewers should take away from this film, they should be left motivated to go and achieve their dreams and make the most of their opportunities and “just live”.
The cast of this film allow Jojo Moyes’ novel to come to life in an adorable nature, making it a hidden gem in the flood of films which have starred this year.