5 Feet Apart is a Thumbs Up


Destin Schroeder, Writer

5 Feet Apart is filled with a lot of different emotions, such as laughter, sadness and hopefulness. The film is lead by actress Haley Lu Richardson and actor Cole Sprouse. Richardson and Sprouse play teenagers diagnosed with the same illness, cystic fibrosis. Richardson’s character, Stella, has her life filled with limitations, boundaries and everything in order. Stella’s best friend, Poe, also spends the majority of his time in the hospital sharing the same illness as Stella. They tend to support each other and crack jokes toward each other back and forth throughout the movie. Sprouse’ character, Will, who is diagnosed with the same illness in the same hospital, is a charming teen with a passion for art.

The two start out with a rough relationship full of judgement and harmless jokes towards each other. When Will rejects his treatment for his illness, Stella makes a deal to help him with regulating his treatments in exchange for Will getting to draw a portrait of Stella. After spending some time together, a romance begins to blossom between the two. Their illness prohibits them from getting within 5 feet of each other in order to keep the germs from spreading to each other. One of the Nurse’ there, Barb, begins to pick up on how much time they spend together. Barb does her best to keep the two away from each other to keep them safe. The two must figure out a way to express their feelings for each other without coming into contact and still manage to find a way to see each other.

My personal opinion on the movie is that it was an overall decent film. It brought many different emotions to the table and kept you guessing all the way until the end. The relationship between Stella and Will is very bittersweet. On one hand you feel happy for the two, for finding love in the most dire situation that they have themselves in. On the other hand you feel sad for them, because of their inability to express their love for each other, due to the rule that they have to be at least 5 feet apart in order to keep their illnesses from worsening. They somehow manage to enjoy their company no matter what kind of hardships they face. It’s an amazing thing.

If I were to give this movie a rating from 1 to 10, I’d give it a solid 8. Despite a few cliches that the movie displays, it still manages to keep the audience involved and interested with a few unexpected turns. I would definitely go watch this movie if you feel the need to cry and have a few laughs.