Wednesday, June 15, 2016


After days of heartbreak and tears from the tragedy in Orlando, it was somehow a relief to sit in a movie theater and shed tears for a romance-novel style contemporary Brit version of a LOVE STORY type fantasy. Especially with the adorable leads, Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.

Clarke, known for playing the most powerfully self confident and ambitious character perhaps in all mythology/history (in this case in the TV version of GAME OF THRONES) proves she has not only the best pair of eyebrow acting chops since Joan Crawford, but also the widest range of maybe any actor in movies right now.

The screenplay by Jojo Moyes, based on her best selling novel, is obvious and contrived at times, okay most of the time, and the direction by as far as I can tell first time movie director Thea Sharrock, is almost TV commercial slick, but the movie still works because of Clarke's and Clafin's charm and big screen charisma.

Despite the controversial ending, ME BEFORE YOU is a pretty sweet escape movie at a time when we all can use one.

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