Anyone who’s read “Me Before You” already knows how the tearjerker ends, but for those planning to see the movie who’d prefer not to, be forewarned: spoilers ahead. Jojo Moyes adapted her own best-selling novel in writing the screenplay for Thea Sharrock’s film, which ends with Sam Clafin’s character ending his own life via assisted suicide despite falling in love with Emilia Clarke’s. Though fans of the book will likely be pleased with the movie’s fidelity to its source material, disability advocacy groups are speaking out against it.
Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, has said that the film “presents a deeply troubling message to our society about people with disabilities. To the millions of people with significant disabilities currently leading fulfilling, rich lives, it posits that they are better off committing suicide.” Films tackling this subject matter have faced similar criticism in the past, notably Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture–winning “Million Dollar Baby.”
Sharrock, for her part, said in an earlier interview that “you can’t do it” in regards to changing the controversial ending. “Can you imagine it coming out now and we would be saying, ‘It’s exactly like the book. It’s just we have this whole new taking on the ending.”