New tragic romance film fails to impress Baxter

Julia Baxter, Staff Writer

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“Five Feet Apart” almost bored me out of my seat and made me want to be 20 feet away from the theater I was in.

This movie was designed to appeal to a very minute movie goer population: lovers of tragic romance stories. Unfortunately for viewers, this movie fell flat in every aspect, including those that are desperately necessary in a tragic romance.

The movie “Five Feet Apart” is about two teenagers who fall in love while doing treatments for their cystic fibrosis together— the only catch? They can’t get within six feet of each other, the distance a cough travels, or they could catch bacteria and die. It’s the definition of a tragic romance movie.

I’m not a huge fan of this genre, but I can respect the interest and the things necessary for a movie to be successful in this area. This list includes, but is not limited to, likable characters, a strong romantic build, and a strong storyline.

As far as characters go, they were okay, but entirely average. The romantic build was alright, but a bit desperate, and the storyline has been done hundreds of times, almost all of which were better because this one just didn’t hook me, I could have left in the middle of the movie without knowing who lived or died and not lost any time wondering.

The one redeeming moment for the movie was the underlying subplot of what happened to the main character’s sister. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the fact that the subplot was my favorite part (and favorite doesn’t mean good, just least bad) says a lot about the movie itself.

If you want to write off this review as not good because I’m biased, I completely understand, because I like action and comedy. I did however want to make my review accurate, so I asked a friend of mine who is a huge fan of tragic romances, as in her favorite movie is “The Fault in Our Stars” and she completely agreed with my assessment calling it a, “cheap and dry remake of ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’”

If I’m being completely honest, I did cry during the movie, but not because I was upset about what happened to the characters. The best way to explain it is that it was like watching a sad video on Facebook, I cried out of the shear sadness of the situation, but I was able to dry my tears and be fine in minutes because I have no attachment to the people in the videos, some things are just sad to the point that you can’t help but cry.

I’ve been ragging on this movie a lot and if I’m being honest I have to give it a one out of five, the only reason it gets a one and not a zero was the acting, which was fantastic. The actors in this film did an excellent portrayal of the many emotions that come across when every minute in your life is borrowed time. I honestly was entranced by the acting, but I was bummed that it was wasted on this storyline.

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