This week on the CinEmma, Abbie will be jumping in for a joint review. We both saw “Five Feet Apart” and I will review it as somebody who just saw the movie, and she will review as somebody who read the book first.
Emma: “Five Feet Apart” is “The Fault in Our Stars” without the annoying pretentiousness. It is a beautiful, heart-wrenching movie that gets a 7.6/10.
The film follows cystic fibrosis patients Stella Grant (Hailey Lu Richardson), Will Newman (Cole Sprouse), and Poe Ramirez (Moisés Arias, aka Rico from “Hannah Montana”).
Stella is a rule follower who wants to educate the world on life as a cystic fibrosis (CF) patient, including the rule that CF patients must remain at least six feet apart at all times. Will is a rebellious artist who recently contracted B. cepacia, a hearty bacteria that gets him booted off the lung transplant list and into an experimental drug study. Stella cannot stand the fact that Will refuses to stick to his treatment, and he agrees to take care of himself if Stella lets him draw her.
Through Facetime and hanging out on opposite ends of rooms, the two begin to fall in love, which poses a serious risk to their health since they could very easily contract each other's bacteria.
The movie takes the typically star-crossed-lovers story but adds a layer of realism that is not often found in films of that nature. Beautiful and refreshing, the movie will have you sobbing but smiling.
Abbie: “Five Feet Apart” was both an amazing book and movie that tore out my heart without being a kitschy romance movie about defying the odds. It was a wonderful movie that I would rate a solid 7.1/10.
Due to having read the book before the movie, I found myself awaiting special moments that happened in the book, but did not happen in the movie. Though I thought most of the moments that were left out were unnecessary or small details, I was heartbroken that they left out two of my favorite scenes from the book. Those two scenes would have taken the movie over the top, into 8 or 9/10 range.
Despite my initial worries that the actress playing Stella, Haley Lu Richardson, wouldn’t be able to perfectly capture the focused yet sensitive moments Stella required, Richardson nailed it. In addition, Cole Sprouse captured Will’s sarcastic yet compassionate attitude, as I assumed he would from his work as Jughead in “Riverdale.”
Overall, I thought it was the perfect movie to watch for a good cry, but might be a movie most prefer to watch in the safety of their own home to avoid holding in their loud sobs. P.S. The sad level of this movie is definitely a 10/10, which is crying on the floor, and being emotionally vulnerable for the rest of the week.