Me Before You

I took my daughter Rachael to our local Village Cinema to see the latest Flicks With The Chicks film because Mitchell had “work” to do. If you’re thinking he is full of poop – then you are right 🙂 Despite the fact he was unable to go, Rachael and I still had a lot of fun. If you’re not familiar with Flicks With The Chicks, it is an event run by Village Cinemas and is the perfect excuse for a girls night out. They hold the event around the latest released “chick flicks” and put together all kinds of fabulous packages such as an assortment of hot foods or something simple like a small bottle of sparkling wine.

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Once in our seats, one of Village Cinemas staff members began winding up the audience with some fun pre-screen entertainment. In the past this has been anything from strippers for the screening of Magic Mike, a quiz, or a few cool giveaways for those lucky few whose seat number was chosen. Each time I have attended one of these events, the cinema has put together a Photo Booth so all the chicks, and the occasional guy can take some fun snaps. Sometimes they also have some fun props on the side like sparkly hats, glasses and an Instagram photo frame. After Rachael and I found our seats, we got settled in for the evening.


I originally thought Me Before You was aimed at a young audience, but I could not have been more wrong. The women at the advanced screening would have been aged between 16 and 80 which was wonderful to see. It just goes to show how much of an inspiration the book was. I am sure author Jojo Moyes would be sitting back feeling rather proud of herself. And hopefully she is ignoring all the silly negative press. I read an article this morning on stating that campaigners for the rights of disabled people were going to protest at the Australian premier today, because of the treatment of the lead character Will. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I honestly thought the movie handled the situation very well. I won’t give away what happened but I couldn’t help but think I would do the same thing if I was in his position.


Me Before You tells the story of Will (Sam Claflin), a 30-year-old banking executive who enjoyed life to its fullest. That was until an accident left him permanently disabled. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up, that was until Louisa showed up at his family’s home. Louisa was hired by Will’s parents as a carer, and with her quirky sense of humour, it was no surprise to discover that they also hoped for more. At first Will despises Louisa, he doesn’t want anymore help, he just wants to be left in peace. But he didn’t stand a chance against her wit or her drive to see him happy. The two soon become friends, but when she finds out about his shocking plans, she plans all kinds of fun outings and adventures to show him that life is still worth living.

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My final thoughts on the film, honestly, I believe in euthanasia. I feel that everyone has the right to make their own choice. I feel it should be up to each individual and their doctors to decide on when and how they leave this world. I don’t think it should apply to anyone who is simply feeling down and want a quick and easy way out, but for those that are dying a slow and painful death, or those who have a poor quality of life, then yes I think they should be allowed to seek eternal rest. In Me Before You, Will can’t move, can’t feel anything from the neck down. He will never be able to walk again, never be able to hold his child, maybe never be able to have a child. Constant chest infections, pneumonia, nerve and muscle pain in his neck, skin and pressure sores, infections due to bladder and bowel management, problems with blood pressure, and that’s just a few problems a paraplegic has to deal with. If I was in his shoes, I would also want to choose the same path.

#liveboldly (Not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: a bold hero. 2. not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent.

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