Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), the handsome former financier who's paralysed from the neck down after being hit by a motorcycle, says he wants to commit suicide because he can't do things to her that a normal man could.
I won't debate his reasons, but I'd like to discuss his financial aid to his carer Lou Clark (GoT's Emilia Clarke) after his death. He leaves a substantial amount of money for her to go to university.
The aid, while noble, is typical of the rich-poor divide that permeates the film. While everyone's focus is on the romantic angle, the real thing to watch is the divide between wealthy Will and working-class Lou.
Will lives in a resplendent mansion in the countryside with his doting but frustrated parents, who have hired a physiotherapist for him and but have had no luck in hiring a carer for grumpy and despondent Will, until Lou walks in.
Lou, who's dressed in colourful attire, has been working in a cafe until she's laid off, so is desperate to get the well-paid job caring for Will.
|Will (Claflin) springs a surprise on Lou (Clarke).|
The small kitchen is chaotic and brightly lit, and the parents are hopeful that Lou will get a new job after she's laid off.
There's so much pressure and expectation on her tiny shoulders, but things don't start off well between her and the abrasive quadriplegic. Later, she tells him that she needs the job, realising that she's the only hope for her straitened family.
Thanks to Will's wealth and cultured sensibilities, she gets to attend a chamber concert for the first time. This reminded me of Richard Gere's billionaire character taking Julia's Roberts's prostitute character to the opera in Pretty Woman. In fact, Lou and Roberts's character shed a few tears during the performances.
Will also introduces Lou to a French film, and she's so entranced by it, much to Will's joy. The rich guy can do no wrong in helping a garrulous working-class girl.
|Lou sucks it up for her job.|
Do you think a poor quadriplegic could have experienced such a lifestyle?
The film purports to be about a romance on the first level, and euthanasia on the second level. But it's actually about a rich white guy assuaging the plight of the poor, or imposing the values and benefits of being wealthy on the latter.
2½ out of 5 stars