Anyone who knows me knows that I have been waiting for this movie to come out for months, no years. I waiting too long to read the book after it being recommended to me and after finishing it i desperately wanted to forget it so I could read it again with fresh eyes. As that wasn't possible I have been waiting impatiently for someone to make the movie....
Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) gets a job as a care-give for quadriplegic Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) only find he is a miserable recluse who only wishes for his old life back. Louisa spends her days trying to inject some laughter and substance back into his world with the help of his medical carer, Nathan (Stephen Peacock).
I obviously read the book before I saw this and I think because the book is more in depth you feel like you know the characters a bit more than someone who hasn't. My buddy-o-pal Lou hadn't read the book. Therefore, I cried like someone had just ordered the last Big Mac while she barely sniffed the whole way through (this is where I might add that she is pregnant and therefore somewhat hormonal) and yet I came out a puffy mess and she was her usual radiant self (bitch!). I can only put it down to me remembering more from the book, I am waiting for her to now read the book to give me her opinion.
I did prefer the book with the extra little details and knowing more about Lou's feelings but they really did cast the lead characters perfectly, particularly Emilia Clarke - she has without a doubt the most expressive eyebrows in all of Hollywood. She was everything I imagined Lou to be and then some. Also, being a die hard Home and Away fan, it was great to see Stephen Peacock in his first big role in Hollywood!
I did feel like the key elements of the film (them falling in love and his follow up decisions) were really rushed, I think that is because it wasn't rushed at all in the books. Other than that, I really loved it. I think reading the book first was a bonus because you had all the extra depth that's missing.