If you haven’t seen Five Feet Apart yet you have my permission to close my review and check the latest showtimes. Some people have associated this movie with the other tearjerker Fault in Our Stars. Let me stop all that nonsense right now and say they are nowhere near the same movie since the latter was crap.
Five Feet Apart will make you cry. It will break your heart. It will make you laugh and cry tears of joy. This movie is all about the signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis and the lifestyle those with the illness have to live. It is tough for these people, but they find friends and lovers and that is really what this movie is all about. The everyday struggles we all take for granted, these sick people can not share in the same simple pleasures in life.
I love Haley Lu Richardson and thought she was dynamite in this role. She is the heartbeat of the story and it is her heart that gets broken the most. Read into that statement all you want, I won’t spoil the ending for you, just know this isn’t what you expect. I thought she really immersed herself into the character she was playing. Her emotions are a big part of who she is and who she wants to be. When she finds love, no one does she fight for her life, but his two. This girl is probably one of the strongest sick characters you’d ever come across. I applaud Richardson’s acting, even if she’s in a teen romance movie.
Cole Sprouse has been everywhere and nowhere. Until his stardom on Riverdale, you may not remember his Disney career. In Five Feet Apart I loved his “bad guy” persona. He’s talented and educated with a gigantic chip on his shoulder. Only a chance meeting will change his life, which in turn gave him the opportunity to give someone else memories of a lifetime.
As a couple, these two leads showed great chemistry. With all the dangers of their illness right in front of them, both were willing to risk their lives to make the other one happy. We all know I’m a sucker for romance and this one won me over at the start. I’d totally be down to watch this again at the theatre and will definitely add it to the collection upon release. 9/10