'Me Before You' director believes critics have fundamental misunderstanding of the film

In case you missed it the film Me Before You has been stirring up controversy among disability activists for the representation of disabled individuals. Complaints include that both the film and the novel its based on misrepresent the lives of disabled individuals, the casting of an able bodied actor, festishizing those with disabilities and essentially says life isn't worth living if you are disabled. The London premiere of the film was even met with a protest from disability activists.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter director Thea Sharrock addressed the controversy which she apparently did not see coming.

"The disappointing thing is when people make a protest when they haven’t either read the book or seen the film," Sharrock said in the interview. "I have no problem with people seeing this film and not liking it for 101 different reasons; you go into every project with that as a possibility."

She went on to say that she understands that the topic is sensitive but believes that people have a "fundamental misunderstanding of what the message is" and that at it's core the film is a traditional love story that the studio was brave to make.

"It’s a fictional story about how important the right to choose is," she stated. "The message of the film is to live boldly, push yourself, don’t settle."

Sharrock doesn't seem to be aware that she makes it sound like living with a disability is somehow "settling" and you cannot "live boldly" while disabled.

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Have you seen or read 'Me Before You'? What's your take?