A quirky, optimistic young woman becomes caretaker for a jaded, wealthy paralytic. Based on the book by JoJo Moyes. Starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Brendan Coyle.
This film has a sweet charm and tenderness which endeared me to it from the start. The only thing which I found off-putting was Clarke’s overly expressive face, but her character’s delightful personality (and eccentric clothing) made up for it.
The movie was both well-written and well-paced. Although the concept was not entirely original, the dialogue felt fresh, and the actors were adept at handling the transitions from witty banter to serious discussion. Claflin was an especially good choice in his role as the paralyzed man. He manages to exude sexual charm, tenderness and charisma, even without the use of his arms and legs.
Despite the circumstances, the movie maintained a steady flow, with no sudden emotional shifts. I think this was, in part, due to the excellent supporting cast, who grounded the lead characters and provided a sense of reality to the story. I will say that I’ve never heard so many popular radio songs in one movie since perhaps The Bodyguard; thankfully, I liked most of them, and the rest of the soundtrack was quite good (and varied), as well.
I know that many were disappointed by the ending, but I felt it was a thought-provoking decision on the writer’s part in response to a hopeless situation. I guess I only thought it could have been prolonged due to the great affection the characters had developed for each other. Overall, it was a lovely film and worth a watch.