Five Feet Apart (2019)


“This whole time I’ve been living for my treatments, instead of doing my treatments so that I can live. And I wanna live.” – Stella

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two teenagers suffering from Cystic Fibrosis falls in love but their disease prevents them from ever being able to be in contact with one another.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about after coming across it by accident.

As a fan of The Fault in Our Stars (2014), I expected something along similar lines and wasn’t disappointed at all.

This film is based on a novel and that helps keep the story not only entertaining but also very emotional and informative along the way.

The story manages to develop these characters really well and the viewer is able to get a very clear understanding of what these characters are going through and how their diverse personalities help them deal with their disease in different ways.

The story effectively uses a vlog of one of the characters to give us more background information on the disease and the characters lives themselves.

This helps us realize the day-in, day-out difficulties that they much constantly face.

Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson are perfectly cast in these roles and have amazing chemistry together which helps make things even more believable.

This film also does a wonderful job allowing us to understand the dangers about this disease so that when the characters fail to adhere to the wishes of the medical professionals and do things that seem dangerous, it raises the level of suspense quite high because of the dangers involved.

There are parts of this story that come across as being quite sappy, but overall they still mange to depict the realities of this kind of disease really well and in a very thoughtful and emotional way.

Bottom Line – Very interesting film that is not only entertaining but also emotional and informative. The manage to develop these characters quite well to a point where the viewer gets a clear understanding of who they are and what kind of disease they must deal with. They effectively use a vlog of one of the characters to give us so much more information about the disease and explain to us what they need to endure day-in and day-out. Sprouse and Richardson have great chemistry together and really make us believe the reality that they find themselves in. The story also does a great job warning us about the dangers of their disease and that raises the suspense level whenever we get to see them acting against the advice of their doctors which allows us to feel so much for them and their plights. Parts of the story come across as being a bit too sappy, but overall, this is a great depiction of this kind of story. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film partnered with Claire’s Place Foundation, a charity providing emotional and financial support to families struggling with Cystic Fibrosis. The actors and director worked closely to accurately depict cystic fibrosis in the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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