Yes, I know we haven’t written a Wednesday post in a long long time, so here is a rare treat for you.
This weekend I watched the movie that’s caused quite a bit of controversy in the media. I’d read the book by Jo Jo Moyes a few years ago and I have to admit that while it is essentially chick lit, it was quite the page turner – one of those guilty pleasures. Despite it not being the most intellectually stimulating of stories (it’s been dubbed as 50 Shades of Grey minus the sex), it did touch on some contentious issues which are rarely the focus of such accessible literature.
To summarise, Me Before You is the story of Louisa Clarke, a slightly eccentric but very sweet 20 something who despite all her potential finds herself stuck in a dead beat village somewhere in rural England. After getting retrenched from her job at a local cake shop, she is forced to take a job looking after Will Traynor, a very handsome ex-City guy whose once-very active lifestyle has been destroyed thanks to accident which left him quadriplegic (and suicidal – this is what caused all the controversy from disabled rights groups). To start with, the poor chick has to deal with his sarcasm and bad moods, but eventually he starts to warm to her and so the story goes…. (I’m trying not to ruin it for you).
I think for the purposes of a dating/relationship blog, Me Before You poses two main questions. Number 1 – How likely is that an average girl could fall in love with a disabled person, who is effectively incapable of taking care of himself? Totally possible, when it’s Will Traynor, an incredibly good looking, eloquent, public-school boy (who own’s a castle) and wants to open your eyes and give you access to the finer things in life. But I do think the movie sugar-coated things a little bit. The sad truth is we live in the overwhelmingly superficial world of Tinder where most girls swipe left if the guy has a lazy eye, never mind being confined to life in a wheelchair. Sure, real life Louisa Clarks do exist but they are rare. The majority people are likely to be more like Will’s ex (who couldn’t handle the challenges of dating a quadriplegic guy and subsequently ditched him for his best friend).
The second contentious issue the movie deals with is that of euthanasia/assisted suicide – and whether if you truly loved someone you’d help them end their own life. It’s a complicated issue, the morality of which clever people have been debating for yonks. Its probably not something that belongs on a lighthearted blog like this but I do think as trashy as the book/movie may be it did well to address a tough issue and get the mainstream talking about it, at least to some degree.
Would I recommend the movie? For sure. Despite the fact that it has faced criticism for dumbing down the plight of people dealing with disabilities, Me Before You, is a little bit more thought-provoking than the average happily-ever-after chick flick, so I would definitely say it is worth watching. Oh and if you do plan on watching it at the cinema, do yourself a favour and take tissues. The film had most of the cinema in tears (even the guys)!
So, over to you dear Rinsers. Have you seen the movie? What are your thoughts on it? Do you think I’ve been a bit hard on the Tinder generation? Do you think there are people out there that still see past the superficial? And what are your thoughts of euthanasia? Go wild in the comments below….