Five Feet Apart (March 15th 2019)
55% critics and 79% audience on Rotten Tomatoes
In brief: Two cystic fibrosis patients meet in hospital and are drawn to each other, but their health means they have to stay 6 feet apart at all times.
What I thought: In the interest of full disclosure, I almost certainly wouldn’t have looked twice at Five Feet Apart, except for two factors: the book had good reviews, and Cole Sprouse (who I love in Riverdale) played one of the leads. I read the book through Scribd, and booked myself a ticket to go and see the film. The film – and indeed the book – are exactly what you expect; full of cliches and teen drama and designed to manipulate your emotions. Five Feet Apart does all of that, and it does it well – it’s fluffy, with moments that’ll make you laugh, and a few that made me cry. I thought the film stayed remarkably true to the book, with whole sections of dialogue lifted in their entirety from the book. I actually thought Richardson and Sprouse’s performances added something the book lacked; their chemistry felt just a little more believable, and the tugging the story does on your heartstrings was more effective as a result. Would I have been happy to pay £11 to go and see it if I didn’t have an unlimited card? Almost certainly not, but that’s because it’s not my usual sort of film than rather than because the film itself is particularly lacking. The film has been criticised for being too artificial, too cheesy, too shallow, and it is those things, but there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that. If you’re in the mood for something a little bit emotional and a little bit funny, or if you’re a fan of films like The Fault in Our Stars, it’s a solid choice. Five Feet Apart does exactly what it says on the tin and if you like the trailer, you’ll like the film.