Film Review: Me Before You (2016)




One evening last week I took a bowl of Ben and Jerrys ice cream to bed with me and decided that I was in the mood to watch a romantic film. When Me Before You popped up on Netflix, it felt like the right time to give it a chance. I wasn't keen on the book. Having said that, I didn't really give it a fair chance. I started Me Before You maybe a year ago now, got about two chapters in and gave up. Maybe I was tired or stressed but it seems obvious that I made a mistake, because I absolutely loved the film.

Being a huge Game of Thrones fan (honestly really is one of the best TV series ever made!) I was interested in seeing how Emilia Clarke settled into a very different role. Daenerys Targaryen is very stoic and statuesque, whereas Louisa Clark is a bit of a scatter brain, dresses in all colours of the rainbow and has a very vibrant and chatty personality. It was really strange to see Emilia Clarke acting as what seemed more like a young girl than an actual woman and although at first I wasn't entirely convinced, I did manage to build a strong likeability for Louisa's character.

For those like me who haven't read the book, the film follows the story of two characters - Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. When the film begins, Louisa is working happily in a café. Until she gets made redundant that is and is forced to find a new job elsewhere. Louisa's quirkiness makes it difficult for her to fit into a bog standard office or professional career, so she ends up going for an interview to be a carer instead. Her client is Will - who has been left paralysed from a motorbike accident. As I'm sure you can imagine, we then follow their journey to falling in love with one another as they grapple to consider how a relationship like theirs could work.

There was nothing overly special about the casting choice of Sam Claflin as Will Traynor, apart from the fact that he is very obviously quite beautiful. There didn't seem to be any real chemistry between himself and Emilia Clarke, but they portrayed the chemistry between Louisa and Will exceptionally, regardless. The romance of the film was established perfectly. As was the issue of physical intimacy - which was neither overplayed nor underplayed. Visually, everything really did feel as if it was slotting into place.

Overall, the film was oddly quite a joy to watch. Although there are some notable sad parts to it and it will make you weep uncontrollably as it approaches its end, it is an enjoyable experience overall. Most of you have probably seen it by now but for those of you who haven't, I really don't want to give too much away. But it will be going in my box of romantic films to watch on a rainy day, with a tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream for sure!

Harry Potter Loot Crate!



Take a moment to imagine an opportunity where you were able to creatively put together a crate of your own choice. This is completely without any rules and will push the boundaries of your imagination. It doesn't even necessarily have to be practical! Well, this is exactly what Loot Crate is encouraging people to think about. Known for their geek and speciality crates, Loot Crate has put together a fun project where fans can design their very own Dream Crate.

Now if you've been reading my blog for a while, then it won't come as a surprise to you that I am absolutely obsessed with Harry Potter. So when I got asked to put together a post about what would be in my dream loot crate, I didn't even have to think twice. It would be Harry Potter themed all the way.

So I won't keep you waiting any longer! Everything I would put inside is detailed below...

Theme

As Harry Potter is such a huge theme, I would have to narrow it down to my favourite book in the series - The Deathly Hallows. I would love to create a box that allows you to unravel all of the explored mysteries in the final book. So that piece by piece, you could line up all the objects and the story could tell itself!

Physical Design

The box itself would have to have some kind of red velvet lining. Something very luxurious both to touch and look at. If it could arrive looking like Harry's trunk too, with a special key to open it then that would also be fab.

Items


  • I would first like to open a letter from The Daily Prophet, on a piece of parchment, offering me the opportunity to become their Editor in Chief. Thank you! I'd also like a copy of the paper, with articles about Voldermort's pursuit of Harry and Dumbledore's tell all obituary.

  • A ticket for a weeks stay at Hogwarts - all inclusive

  • An elaborately designed ornamental set of keys - one to to Malfoy Manor and one to Harry Potter's parent's house in Godric's Hollow

  • Miniature collectible bottles of the ingredients needed to make the Polyjuice potion, with a small piece of parchment detailing the recipe

  • A ticket to tour the Ministry of Magic

  • A snow globe of Hosgmeade in it's beauty - by this time in the Harry Potter books, Hogsmeade is ruined. So in loving memory, this one only seems fitting

  • A personalised copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with a dedication to me

  • The red dress that Hermione wears to Bill and Fleur's wedding

  • In which case I'll also take Fleur's actual wedding dress because it's gorgeous!

  • A charm bracelet with eleven important charms - the Elder Wand, the resurrection stone, Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem, Tom Riddle's diary, Marvolo Gaunt's ring, Helga Hufflepuff's goblet, Salazar Slytherin's locket, Nagini, a lightning bolt, the sword of Gryffindor and a Basilisk fang

  • A framed sock in loving memory of Dobby


I've chosen these items based on things that I would actually want to use. I love jewellery, clothes and little collectible items, which is why most of these things are small and practical rather than huge life-sized versions of the items in the book. I also don't know why the Harry Potter studio tours here or the Harry Potter World in Orlando (which is where I took the picture in this post!) don't offer fans the opportunity to stay in the actual castle. They would make so much money and I would pay to be there everyday - which I'm sure a ton of other fans would do too. Maybe if I'm lucky they'll read this post and consider doing that.

I think this is such a great idea and if you're a little bit nerdy/are part of a fandom that you would love to see a crate created for, then you should get involved in this project too! Loot Crate want to hear your ideas and are interested in the things you want to see from them. They have even said that the best crate will be in with a chance of becoming a reality so they better make mine! 😉

P.S - I know I've been terrible at reviewing books lately, but I've been busy writing one myself (post coming soon!) and reading books to get my final university essay EVER finished. So in a couple of weeks I'll be done with university and finally be able to read for pleasure again. Thank you for being so patient!