Movie Monthly: Five Feet Apart
By Katelyn Smith & Ava Welsch
This movie will make you sob uncontrollably. Based on the book, Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, this is an emotionally charged movie. Director Justin Baldoni did a wonderful job capturing the beautifully written story. Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson play the parts of the two star-crossed lovers with cystic fibrosis who aren’t allowed physical contact. This movie was fantastic; the most notable aspects being, the casting, the story, and the powerful message.
The parts of Stella and Will, two teenagers in love, are played flawlessly by Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse. They gracefully captured the true connection between forbidden lovers. Though dramatic, the actors bring a sense of hope and light-hearted humor to the story. As the movie goes on, it becomes clear that it is really centered on the couple with very little contributed from the supporting roles. However, Stella’s best friend Poe (played by Moises Arias) is a crucial part of getting the couple together in the first place.
The story itself is touching; it makes the audience ponder how important physical touch really is to a relationship. There are many sweet, quirky moments that leave the audience dreading the inevitable, sad ending. The movie alludes and is dedicated to Claire Wineland, a YouTuber who had cystic fibrosis. She also created a non-profit organization “Claire’s Place Foundation” that supports and organizes people with chronic or terminal illnesses and their families. She was an amazing young lady who brought joy to everyone around her, and to everyone who watched her videos.