A mega fan’s opinion of the Me Before You film

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I was really nervous about watching this film which is adapted from one of my favourite books of all time, Me Before You. I always get worried when a favourite of mine is made into a film. I worry it’ll be ruined for me. So that’s why it’s taken me so long to watch it. Did I enjoy it? Yes. I think it was a generally faithful adaptation.

If you don’t know the story of Me Before You it centres around a character called Louisa Clark ‘Lou’. She comes from a rowdy British family. Lou needs a job and takes one as a carer for quadriplegic Will Traynor. Will was a party boy until he was paralysed in a motorcycle accident two years prior. Will is sarcastic and quite standoffish to Lou at the start, but as their relationship grows, Will softens and opens up more to Lou. They share some great times together. Lou is a distraction from Will wanting to end his life at a clinic in Switzerland. When Lou finds out she is determined to show him that life is worth living. But can she do enough to change his mind?

I thought Emilia Clarke was so well cast as Lou. I remember really liking her character in the book. I loved how caring she was and how determined she was to show Will a good time despite the challenges that came with his disability. I wasn’t as keen on Will, as he wasn’t how I pictured him, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the film.

I have read a lot about how some disability groups weren’t happy with this film. They didn’t like the ending of the film and didn’t think it was an accurate representation of those living with a disability. I can totally respect that, but I do believe that it was right that they showed that Will had a choice. He is one disabled man and doesn’t represent a whole community.  I also think it’s important that there are more films with disabled characters. Why on earth shouldn’t there be?

Personally, the film didn’t hit me as hard as the book did. But it was still incredibly moving and it’s one I’m glad that I gave a chance. It may not include every single thing in the book, however, it is quite faithful and that I appreciate!

 

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The BFG- A film review

As several might know I am a HUGE Roald Dahl fan. I’ve used his books in the classroom. I devoured them as a child. I’ve watched all of the adaptations. When I heard that they were remaking The B.F.G I was a little worried. This book is one of my favourites. I worried that it would be ruined. Whilst I don’t think it’s a flawless film, I was pleasantly surprised.

Things I liked:

  • Mark Rylance was a fabulous BFG. He was endearing, funny and true to the character in the book.
  • Ruby Barnhill was a fantastic Sophie.
  • The wonderful BFG-isms were present.
  • Fantastic imagery.
  • Some scenes (namely the whizzpopper scenes, especially the one at the palace) were done so well.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Sophie was a little bit too fiesty in places.
  • Added extras. I understand it’s for the movie ‘experience’ but I didn’t think the inclusion of another child added much to the story. I know it’s going to confuse my class who are so familiar with the book.
  • The giants weren’t nearly scary enough. Quentin Blake’s illustrations terrified me as a child! Even in the 1989 cartoon version they were scarier.

Would I recommend it?:
Despite my reservations and little niggles- yes!

Gone Girl: From Book to Film Adaptation

I recently went to watch Gone Girl, the film adaptation which has been in the cinema for a while now. I’m never sure whether to watch a film adaptation or not, especially when it’s one of a book I really enjoyed. My review for the book can be found HERE.

I thought the casting was spot on. Ben Affleck played Nick, a choice I wasn’t overly sure about, but my preconceptions were wrong. He was well cast.

I think the star of the film though is Rosamund Pike, who plays Amy SO well. I forgot what a psychotic character Amy is. Both characters are mucked up, by Amy…wow. She’s terrifying. Rosamund really portrays that aspect of Amy’s character astoundingly well.

Gone Girl is hard to discuss without spoiling the film or book, so I won’t go there. I will say, that Gone Girl is rated as an 18 at the moment. This is because of strong language, strong sexual content and violent scenes.

I think Gone Girl is well worth watching (and reading!)