“Holly on Hollywood”
by Holly McClure
“Me Before You”
***Spoiler Alert: For those who haven’t read the book, I discuss the ending so that parents can be discerning concerning their young teens who may want to see this movie. Clarke has a large fan base from “Game of Thrones”.
“Me Before You” stars Emilia Clarke as Louisa (Lou), a cheerful, small-town girl with a quirky wardrobe and bright smile, hired to care for Will (Sam Claflin), a wealthy and handsome quadriplegic, paralyzed after being struck by a motorcycle two years earlier. Will has a hard time no longer living the active life he once lived and makes the decision to end his life by being euthanized in Switzerland. Lou is determined to change his mind by winning Will over with her wit, charm, zest for life and ultimately, her love.
The PG-13 drama is for mature themes about…
living with disabilities, suicide and implied sexual situations. Clarke is charismatic, stealing every scene with her beautiful smile and vivacious love of life. Claflin gradually goes from brooding cynicism to a charming, romantic lead who appears to be happy, until he comes to the end of the six months (of life) that he promised his parents. Sadly there is no spiritual belief or discussion of faith between the characters, so the audience is left with limited dialogue and a few clichés, about a serious topic that deserves more.
Faced with the choice to live a life of love with limitations or selfishly end his life of misery and pain, Will makes a choice that is both depressing and disappointing, leaving the audience with the idea that it is better to be dead than disabled. The films mixed message and ending, makes for a great discussion afterwards. And for those who know who Joni Eareckson Tada, her testimony of faith and how it helped her live life as a paraplegic, strongly makes a case for choosing life!
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!