Louisa Clark is a small town girl who was hired to be a caretaker of Will Trainer, a quadriplegic who used to be quite a thrill seeker. Initially, Will wasn’t receptive of Louisa until he started to gradually accept her in his life. While they are developing their friendship, Louisa finds out something involving Will’s situation and sets herself to persuade him to change his mind.
As far as adaptations go, this too took liberties to remove bits and pieces that would otherwise make the tone of the movie go in a different direction. The central story was still there, but bits and pieces about the characteristics and personalities of the characters were either toned down or changed for the benefit of the plot. Adding a few more things from the book would have taken the movie in a different route, but it would also have more content to work with.
Beyond the lack of connection, I didn’t think the editing was good. The Clark family story line was the one that suffered the editing mishap because the adaptation wanted the story to naturally stream in with the rest of the movie, but it did in a really unsatisfactory way.
I walk away from this with mixed feelings. It’s not a terrible adaptation; it’s a kind of movie that one can watch again, but it doesn’t leave you with the kind of emotions you’d expect from it.
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer
Director: Thea Sharrock