Five Feet Apart Movie Review – YAY for Cole Sprouse!
Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old: she’s attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries, and self-control — all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow CF patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse).
There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. Further complicating matters is Will’s potentially dangerous rebellion against his ongoing medical treatment. Stella gradually inspires Will to live life to the fullest, but can she ultimately save the person she loves when even a single touch is off limits?
First of all, let me be honest here. I watched the movie for Cole Sprouse. Yes, I did.
I was browsing the bookstore last week and was looking at the recommended books section and I saw Cole Sprouse on the cover. Now, being a huge fan of Riverdale and Jughead, it instantly caught my attention. After googling, I found out the book is a movie tie-in for a new movie that came out in March 2019 called ‘Five Feet Apart’.
I’m not a huge fan of sad teen drama. I still haven’t even watched The Fault In Our Stars. Been in my list for ages. I don’t really like depressing movies unless there’s a hot actor in it. Cole Sprouse –
Five Feet Apart is about the life of Cystic Fibrosis patients in a hospital and was inspired by the real-life story of Claire Wineland who served as a consultant for the movie before she passed away at the age of 21 in 2018 shortly after undergoing a double lung transplant surgery.
So, the film focuses on the life of Stella, a CF patient and also a vlogger. She meets another CF patient named Will who is interested in her but she rejects him in the beginning. They can’t be together because of their illness and have to stay at least six feet apart to avoid contracting bacterial infections from each other that can be life-threatening.
But of course, eventually, Stella will fall in love with Will and tries to make it work with him by having a pool cue stick between them to keep them five feet apart. The romance intensifies. It seems to be working okay until a tragedy happens that changes Stella’s views on things. I’m not gonna spoil the story if you haven’t watched it.
It’s a typical formulaic teen romance/drama and it’s nothing new but there’s chemistry between Cole and Haley Lu so I enjoyed that. It’s quite a predictable story and I actually wish the ending turned out differently to have a bigger impact but it’s still a good ending. Do prepare some Kleenex if you’re the sensitive type that would cry easily because there are some parts that will make you shed some tears.
The only thing is that I feel the characters’ development is a bit rushed. I don’t know, just feel it’s not enough for me. But overall, it’s an interesting look at the lives of cystic fibrosis patients.
Another movie with a similar theme that I enjoyed is “A Walk to Remember” in 2002 starring Mandy Moore and Shane West. If you haven’t watched it, PLEASE DO. I highly recommend it because it’s one of the best teen romance/tragedy movies and this is coming from someone who doesn’t watch a lot of this type of genre. I don’t really like sad movies and “A Walk To Remember” managed to make me cry. I didn’t cry during Five Feet Apart, though, because the story isn’t as powerful as A Walk to Remember.
Or maybe I was too busy ogling Cole Sprouse because he’s just too damn cute. 😉
Because I haven’t watched ‘The Fault In Our Stars” at the time I’m writing this, I can’t compare or reference that movie. But based on the trailer, I assume it’s similar to A Walk to Remember.
Maybe if I get some free time, I’ll get the book of the same title and read it. Five Feet Apart is still a very sweet/sad movie that I would recommend to watch if you’re into this kind of genre.