After watching the movie, here’s a Five Feet Apart movie review for those of you excited to see Cole Sprouse on the big screen!
All thanks to Viewer’s Choice Philippines, I got to watch Cole Sprouse’s tear-jerker movie during the premiere last night at SM Megamall. And of course, I’m going to give y’all a non-spoiler Five Feet Apart movie review!
Honestly speaking, there was no strong urge for me to see this movie p-r-o-n-t-o because of the obvious. Teenagers falling in love despite their illnesses and breaking rules to express their romantic interest is a plot that’s way overused. Watching the trailer didn’t reach the peak of my interest but not to the point that I dismissed the probability that it might have its own potential.
Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse) are teenagers who have Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and are on a drug trial. They are the ones who lived long enough with the disease to fully understand it and how it stole their rights to a normal life. These kinds of movies, unfortunately, already has its sequence plot out. One of them doesn’t want to be bound with the disease anymore while the other one is a fighter. Of course, they fall in love, break the rules, have a short happy romance… and something would happen that is most probably to result in death. BUT, although this is kind of applicable in ‘Five Feet Apart’, I must say that this movie turned out differently than I expected it to be. That’s why giving this movie a chance turned out to be worth it when the credits rolled.
The “sick lit” genre
The ‘Five Feet Apart’ has been labeled part of the “sick lit” genre. Which, I mind you, doesn’t have the same origin as other books to movie adaptations you’re already very familiar with. The movie is actually based on a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. But despite this, it’s hard to separate the film from other young adult books that focus on an impossibly happy ending love story.
People are actually comparing it to John Green’s ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ and Nicola Yoon’s ‘Everything, Everything’. But try to break out from the idea of those books, because the story of Stella and Will is altogether frustrating and sad in a different kind of sense. (I don’t want to spoil it for you though!)
While watching the film, however, it reminded me more of the book ‘Extraordinary Means’ by Robyn Schneider. It tells of a story of a group of friends under the tuberculosis sanatorium—all just hoping to live long enough to find the cure yet break the rules to live their lives the way they want to. Just like in ‘Five Feet Apart’.
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The character of Stella played by Haley Lu Richardson comes off as a mainstream female protagonist at first. Has the strong need for control, hopeful, brave, and follows the rules in order to live. Yet what sets her aside from other female personas in the “sick lit” genre is how her desire to live comes off from a much deeper reason than the other female characters I could think of.
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Another character that I judged to be typical, to be honest. A male protagonist who’s adorable, witty, funny, but breaks the rules out of rage of his disease that controlled him his entire life. He’s the kind of character that rebels to have a sense of control over his life yet slowly destroys his chances of survival at the same time. Quite frankly though, what saved the character of Will is how Cole Sprouse brought him to life. And also how he was able to show off his best qualities (finally), when he and Stella delved deeper into the relationship and how amazing of a person his character actually was by the end of the film.
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Poe (Moisés Arias) is undoubtedly the characters that you’d fall in love with. He’s the gay best friend of Stella and the comic character of the film. Funny, witty, and one of the reasons why ‘Five Feet Apart’ is engaging. The movie in its entirety shows how “touch” is important. We all have the need to hold and feel the warmth of the person we love and of course, our family. Through Poe, we also get to see the pain of him and Stella being best friends for a long time but are never able to hug each other when they need comfort.
I found myself laughing loudly at the theaters while watching ‘Five Feet Apart’. And I don’t know if it’s because its a special advance screening night or the movie itself, but it’s rare to encounter a very engaged and reactive crowd in the cinemas. It’s very hilarious, the lines are witty, and it’s not overly cheesy. True, the movie will make you swoon hard over Cole Sprouse, but it doesn’t come off as forced but very natural as it can get.
The humor etched in the entire film will make you wish the three characters crossed path under a different circumstance. They are sick but they are doing their best to live as normally as they could and cherishing what they have, knowing full well that they are already lucky enough to live more than CF’s life expectancy. Still, the question “What if it doesn’t work?” with the answering question “What if it does?” is haunting. Fate and life play an important role here. Sometimes, what you’re positive that’s gonna happen, doesn’t. And what life could quickly steer you in a different path you’re never ready for.
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It doesn’t take a spoiler for you to know that ‘Five Feet Apart’ will have you in tears and wishing you brought a tissue with you in the cinema. Yup, I ugly cried. The chemistry of Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse was so adorable and cute. But a lil warning that this romance will make you feel frustrated to the core because of the lack of touch. They did what couples do actually, but in a hospital and by being five feet apart. When in fact, the rule is to be at least six feet apart. But the two tried to bend the rules a little. Saying that their CF already stole a lot from them, so stealing away one foot is something that they should at least deserve.
What I loved about this is how even if there’s really no touching between Stella and Will, they made you feel all kinds of things. The romance is amazing. The sweetness and the love in this film are very powerful. Making you realize that you really never knew how important one’s touch is until you can’t have it.
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Overall, even with its plot, ‘Five Feet Apart’ showed the young sides of the characters. Their thirst for a normal life and the risks they are willing to take no matter how dangerous it may seem. Because you only get one shot. You’ll never know if today is when you’ll release your last breath—you gotta make it count. But still, the movie also goes to show how sometimes, you gotta step back. Away from things that you love and matters to you simply because it’s the right thing to do—life, is and always will be, unfair.
That wraps my Five Feet Apart movie review! Are you heading off to the theaters to watch this? Make sure you do and tell us what you think in the comment section below. You can also send us a message on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh. We’d love to know your feedback!