At the movies: Me Before You
Since I enjoyed reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, I decided to see the movie with a friend. I’m sure most people know Me Before You is the story of Will Traynor, a quadriplegic man who wants to end his life with assisted euthanasia. His parents have convinced him to wait 6 months and then hire a caregiver who becomes determined to change his mind.
As I watched Me Before You, I enjoyed it. It’s been a while since I read it but I thought it followed the book closely and I thought the casting, especially Emilia Clarke as Louisa, was spot on. Of course, I cried and left the theater with a heavy feeling. A few days later, I spoke with an acquaintance whose husband is a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair. We had a long conversation about the book and her objections to it and I have been thinking about it ever since. (She feels the book portrayed a disabled life as less fulfilling and it romanticized suicide. She pointed out that she and her husband have been through a lot but he still has a good life.) After talking to her, I see Will as a selfish person and feel his decision was a poor one. Since then, I’ve read several articles that note the same things she did. Now, I’ve got a lot to think about and I’m not sure whether I should recommend this movie or not.