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“Me Before You” Too Flippant About Serious Topic

After seeing the trailer for the movie, “Me Before You,” depicting a precious story of a man in a wheelchair who falls in love with a quirky British girl, I thought for sure this would be another great and enjoyable chick flick. After someone spoiled the ending for me I was shocked at how unethical the movie might possibly be.

Graphic By Kayla Glyshaw

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The movie “Me Before You” takes place in a rural English town where a young man left quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident is struggling to find joy in his life.

Soon his mother hires a bubbly, fun-loving girl to take care of him.

If the story had ended with the two of them falling in love, and learning how to overcome the struggles in order to learn to be content with the new life he now had then this would have been an incredibly romantic movie depicting what love actually looks like.

Sadly, it took a turn for the worse when the lead female, Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke), finds out that her new love has made plans to end his life with an assisted suicide.

From a Christian perspective, I do not take this kind of issue lightly.

Will Trainer (Sam Claflin), the main male character of the story, had decided his life was no longer good enough for him compared to his old life, so he decided to end it.

The movie makes his choice to end his life seem like something that is best for him or something bold in order for him to give his new love a chance to live a life that she did not even want.

Trainer said, “This could be a good life, but it’s not my life, it’s not even close. You never saw me before. I loved my life. I really loved it. I can’t be the kind of man who just accepts this.”

Contrary to what the Bible says.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

This movie not only devalues a human life, it also sends a message that if your life does not fit up to your standards then you can do what you want with your body.

How are we to respond to something like this?

Well, I think with a frustration and an understanding that this is sadly what the world accepts as a new normal.

We can still enjoy movies like these if we are trained to know how to respond to them in a holy way.

In the end, the cinematography, film score and actors all made this movie entertaining, but what it lacked was a story that left people with a hope that we can find good in our lives.

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Kayla Glyshaw

Kayla Glyshaw

Kayla Glyshaw is a staff journalist for MBU Timeline pursuing a degree in communication studies. She works in the junior high ministry at her church and is on the leadership team for her church’s College Group ministry. In the future she wants to work in either a youth or college ministry. She loves coffee, singing and anything that involves holding a camera or editing video footage.

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