Think: “Love Story” – for those who can remember.
This is one of those movies where you need a box of tissues, particularly as the film evolves into the latter stages.
Stella, a victim of Cystic Fibrosis (Haley Lu Richardson) is a beautiful teenager that spends most of her time in the hospital as a patient. Her life is full of mundane routines and she has got everything figured out until she meets Will (Cole Sprouse), another teen with the same chronic and terminal illness. Because they are both afflicted with the same condition, it is imperative that that hold their conversations at least 5 foot apart from each other, lest one or the other can be contagious from airborne issues that could lead to rapid decline.
Flirtation quickly turns into broken rules with potentially deadly consequences for the two teens. As the movie fades into its second half, the tension rises as both lovers-from-a-distance are drawn closer to each other with death looming over their relationships.
Outside of a few implausible scenes, the movie captures the attention of an audience because of the dire nature of these two kids falling madly in love, yet facing a premature end to life.
Acting is good. Haley Richardson is very effective playing the lead role, as is Cole Sprouse, the smitten teenage boy. Both these stars have extensive history in television and movie parts, though many will not recognize their names. Richardson played Krista in The Edge of Seventeen and then Claire Benoit in Split. Her movie and television experience dates back to 2012.
Use of bad language is minimal for 2019. Violence is held to a couple of emotional scenes. No blood and guts, no monsters, no gunfire. This is another movie in which the writers and/or director ensure at least two or three of the characters are gay and/or inter-racially married, which seems to be a casting prerequisite in today’s era.
No sense telling any more of the film for fear of ruining the plot.
This is a good movie. Give it 7.5