We interrupt our regularly scheduled Friday Features to bring you a piece I wrote for Christ and Pop Culture this week, in which I explain why I don’t think boycotting the newly-released film Me Before You is an adequate Christian response. This article is meaningful to me in a variety of ways, primarily because I am the mother of a child with a disability. I hope this piece will help each of us who desire to engage the community of the differently-abled with the love of Christ to do so through personal relationships and through speaking the hopeful truth of the gospel to the culture in which we live.
Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) is thirty-one years old, handsome, witty, and mischievous. He is the classic leading male in an American chick flick. Except, that is, for one thing: Will has been a quadriplegic since two and a half years ago, when he was struck by a motorcycle while crossing the street.Me Before You challenges viewers with some of the most common, deeply felt questions of the human heart.Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) is twenty-six years old. She is awkward in the “I-bet-she-would-be-really-pretty-if-she’d-fix-her-hair-and-learn-how-to-do-her-makeup” kind of way. She is the classic leading female in a girl-next-door movie, a pre-blossomed flower waiting for the perfect prince’s kiss to cause her to bloom.
Will and Louisa are the protagonists of the newly released Me Before You, a film based on the 2012 novel by Jojo Moyes. What begins as an uncomfortable employer/employee relationship (Louisa has been hired by Will’s mother as his nurse) soon becomes a friendship, which evolves into a romance.
But under the surface, a dark tempest brews. Louisa has recently overheard Will’s parents discussing Will’s plans to travel to Switzerland. Once there, he will check into a facility called Dignitas, where he plans to breathe his last, leaving this world by way of physician-assisted suicide.
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