Based on a novel by Jojo Moyes (who also wrote the screenplay), I expected this 2016 movie to be a joy to watch, although I’ve only read one of her earlier books which I didn’t like vey much.
Set in a lovely quaint English village, with music by Craig Armstrong, this movie tells a very simple story with very recognizable themes:
Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) is klutzy and wears ridiculous clothes, but has a sweet smile and a cheery disposition. Her newest career challenge is that of a caregiver and companion to a young man, Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) who is confined to a wheelchair because of an accident.
Will has all but given up, and Louisa is determined to show him that life is worth living to the fullest. They embark on a series of adventures, and both get more than they’ve bargained for. Their lives – and hearts – change; although in ways quite unexpected, and Will follows through with his wish all along – to have his parents (and now Louisa) take him to the Swiss Centre for Assisted Suicide six months later. (“That is what I promised them, and I’ll give them the six months.”)
I wasn’t moved to tears, but I got the message: You can’t change people. You love them. The movie is made better with the splendid view of the sprawling castle and countryside, and the 15 songs and the Wind Concerto by Mozart and the Canon by Pachelbal. I would not rush out to get hold of the book to read, though.