Adapted from the best-selling novel written by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You is an expectedly tear-jerking romantic drama that despite offering a relatively engaging storyline, might as well have been another Nicholas Sparks-inspired sob-fest, thanks to its inescapably sugary and formulaic structure.

Me Before You tells the story of Louisa 'Lou' Clark (Clarke), who is having trouble securing stable employment in the face of a pressure to earn so that she can keep food on the table for her and her family. After losing her job at a café, Lou – without a single qualification to her name - is offered a position as a caretaker for Will Traynor (Claflin); a privileged young man who, after a horrific accident two years before, is now in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down. 

Unable to deal with their son's deteriorating physical and mental condition, Camilla (McTeer) and Stephen (Dance) hope that his new caretaker will be able to somehow get him out of his rut. Little did they know, of course, that the two, who naturally don't manage to click straight away are soon to fall madly in love.

Me Before You is one of those movies that, even though you already have a pretty good idea where the story is headed – and that the initial 'dislike' between the lead characters is only a precursor for better things - you will still sit there invest keen interest in the storyline and wait to see it play out. However, although there's a pleasing familiarity and warmth to the story, there are a number of flaws in Moyes' screenplay that buckle the movie's natural flow and tonal balance. The more dark and dramatic elements of the story, for example, which arrive in the terribly predictable third act, are clumsily built and resolved, resulting in a strong disconnect from the audience and from whatever was shown in the storyline's previous two acts.

Performance wise, both Clark and Claflin make a strong onscreen pair and their blossoming romance, although is as sweet as it needs to be, feels a little forced and unlikely at times. Stepping back from riding her dragons on HBO'S Game of Thrones, Clarke is pleasing as the bubbly misfit who tries really hard to always make the best of things, while Claflin is solid as her pessimistic, angst-ridden opposite.

However, whilst they definitely try to do their best, their characters, just like the screenplay as a whole, rely far too much on the most basic romance clichés to make anything stick.