I know this post is a bit late, but I just couldn't make myself to watch 'Five feet apart' earlier on. You may ask, 'why is that? After all, the combination of lethal disease and a couple of teenagers is a perfect love story!'. Well, in my world it is not.
Let's start from the basics. The whole movie is about 2 teenagers, a boy and a girl, they both have cystic fibrosis. It's a disease which mainly affects the lungs and digestive system, and affects a life span. Currently, there's no cure for CF, but there are medications and treatments which can lessen the symptoms. There are also different levels of the disease. And guess what, our love birds obviously have almost the worst case of CF and additionally they can't touch each other, because of spreading of bacteria. This scenario is weirdly similar to 'The fault in our stars'. I must admit I loved this movie, I'm not sure was it because I was younger and still believed that the perfect love exists in this imperfect world, or was it because it was just a well-done movie. Plus it was based on the really good book which definitely played a part in writing a screenplay. In my opinion, the problem with 'Five feet apart' was that it was loosely based on the real-life story of Dalton and Katie Prager, who also both got CF, and they both lost a fight with the illness, right after their lungs transplant. Don't get me wrong, their story is absolutely tragic, but if you want to write a screenplay based on somebody's suffering at least don't mess it up. Unfortunately, they did.
I believe that this kind of movies should have some higher purpose other than making money. If you have an opportunity to get to the thousands of people at least use it properly. The producers should have involved the CF charities and make an effort to raise awareness about this incurable disease. I think there are still people who have no idea about how difficult it is to live with a disease like that, especially when you're young and especially when you know that your end is near.
But do you know what the producers and marketing team of the movie did instead? They paid Instagram influences to talk about their long-distance relationships and compare it to the story of terminally ill teenagers. Few days after the start of the campaign (and deserved backlash) they took it down. I feel this is an absolutely disgusting thing to do, I absolutely don't belittle anyone's relationship, but these are two completely different things which should not be compared.
And finally, the last thing which is the issue not only of this movie but of the whole Hollywood productions. The way movies are made is extremely deceiving, especially when you're a young viewer. I started watching romantic comedies and different kinds of romantic movies when I was around 10 years old. And for the next 10 years, I was fed with all these lies, that first kiss in your life will be perfect, your first sex will be magical and don't even get me started on the feeling side of the relationship. They let me believe that the other person will always care for you, there will be no harsh times, well most likely because it's gonna finish right after the credits rolls down. Romantic films show you the image of a perfect world and endless love which just knocks on your door and there's no hard work around your relationship. I got a massive slap in the face when I found out that I'm not the only person who guys talks to on tinder and I had to work really hard to keep my first relationship going. None of these movies shows the dark side and they should. There will be a lot of happy endings in your life, but there will be the same amount of bad endings. I believe that kids raised in the 21st century will struggle with recognizing what is a reality and what is not. I just hope they won't be disappointed as I was.