‘Five Feet Apart’ powerfully signifies vulnerabilities of cystic fibrosis

Brianna Carmack, Opinions Editor

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Six feet apart and never less. This is one of the main struggles that a young couple faces from suffering a progressive, genetic disease called cystic fibrosis in the newest romantic drama, “Five Feet Apart.”

Based on Racheal Lippincott’s novel of the same name, the film revolves around the lives of two young patients who are in a battle with cystic fibrosis. Our main character, Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is very adherent to all of the rules that come with having cystic fibrosis, while a rebellious teen, Will Newman (Cole Sprouse), ventures his life knowing that it will be cut short.

The film begins by showing us the daily life of Stella, who is clinically OCD, which includes her organizing and decorating her new room at a hospital for another extended stay, waiting for her lung transplant. Throughout the film, we are taken through some of Stella’s hobbies including building apps, keeping up with her detailed to-do lists and live streaming on her YouTube channel. In no time, Stella makes herself at home, maintaining a friendship with her nurse, Barb (Kimberly Hebert Gregory) and with her childhood, gay best friend, Poe (Moisés Arias).

At the beginning of her stay, Stella has been driven crazy, due to her OCD, by newcomer Will, as he is not following the procedures and isn’t committed into completing his daily tasks in order to survive. It is almost immediately after they meet where a new on-again-off-again friendship blossoms, then thrusting the pair into a relationship where they complete their daily tasks of being what they call themselves “CFers.” Aside from the fact of dealing with the illness itself, the couple is left with a required six-foot separation to prevent cross infection in which becomes five after falling deeply in love.

After watching “Five Feet Apart,” I felt surprisingly knowledgeable about cystic fibrosis and the effects it has. Obviously, the movie romanticizes it for entertainment purposes but from what I noticed, the overall facts mentioned in “Five Feet Apart” were accurate. “Five Feet Apart,” to me, really gives justice to those fighting cystic fibrosis.

Not only did I feel like I learned more about the disease itself, but I appreciated the bonds created in the film between, of course, Stella and Will but also between Stella and Poe and Stella and Barb. I think that it was nice that the team who created this outstanding film was able to give us a very vivid idea of the characters relationships, thoughts and looks.

“Five Feet Apart,” in my words, is genius. Director Justin Baldoni and writers Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, in my opinion, really pulled the entire film together and provided the world with another exceptional, mushy romantic drama. Even the soundtrack was associated in creating that mushy feeling, as it includes powerful instrumentals by Brian Tyler and Brenton Vivian that were made for “Five Feet Apart.”

In conclusion, “Five Feet Apart” has built a powerful foundation of conversation about tragedies patients with cystic fibrosis deal with. Aside from the fact that in the past there have been multiple, inspirational movies with ill main characters, such as “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Midnight Sun,” “Five Feet Apart” expresses its uniqueness in a very satisfactory manner.

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