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‘Me Before You’: sweet, but no heat

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The Princess Leia buns and eclectic outfits Jojo Moyes wrote for Louisa “Lou” Clark in her novel “Me Before You” don’t disappoint on screen. Lou (Emilia Clarke) is decked out in her black-and-white furry striped coat, dresses patterned with butterflies and vegetables, and a wild collection of brightly colored tights and shoes that resemble the bouquet of multicolored daisies she holds in one scene.

Twenty-six-year-old Lou, who lives in a picturesque British tourist town, becomes a caretaker for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy local 30-something who’s paralyzed from the neck down. Will’s cynical sense of humor and outright rudeness doesn’t faze Lou; soon, the two seem to be in love, with Lou determined to convince Will (who is contemplating assisted suicide) to keep on living. Unfortunately, the story makes it seem as if Will, because of his disability, has no reason to keep living aside from maybe Lou’s antics.

 

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