Still Alice

Still Alice

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland

Writers: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, Lisa Genova

Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, Hunter Parrish, Seth Gilliam, Stephen Kunken, Erin Drake, Daniel Gerroll, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Maxine Prescott, Orlagh Cassidy, Rosa Arredondo, Zillah Glory

Synopsis: A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference

Stevennix2001's Rating:

9.6 / 10

Pros:


- Cinematography use throughout the film with the shaky cam moments to the subtle way it focuses and blurs out certain elements in the movie help create the emotional weight of the story, so the audience can have a subtle idea of what Alice is going through.

- Julianne Moore was amazing in "Still Alice." Arguably the best acting performance of her career.

- All the other actors played their parts rather well; surprisingly Kristen Stewart didn't botch things up, as her "Twilight" reputation hardly does her any justice.

- Great story and deep script

- Characters are well developed

- Richard Glatzer, and Wash Westmoreland both do a tremendous job directing this feature.

Cons:

- The film tends to drag at times.

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A touching story about a woman that suffers from Alzheimer's Disease

Julianne Moore is certainly no stranger when it comes to showing off her acting chops in dramas, but you'd have to be freaking heartless not to be touched by her latest performance in "Still Alice."

Julianne Moore plays a successful linguistics professor named Alice Howland, who works at a prestigious university. Although she tends to bury herself into her work, she still tries to be a loving mother and housewife to her family. Upon first glance, Alice seems like a normal person that's really no different than anyone else out there.

However, she starts to progressively get lapses in her memory. She starts to forget little details here and there. She forgets whether or not she met a person, even if she met that person about five minutes ago. Needless to say, she goes to the doctors to find out what's wrong with her, and it turns out she's been diagnosed with a rare form for of Alzheimer's Disease.

As expected from the situation, she becomes stressed out over the possibility of living with this disease for the rest of her life. Not just because she doesn't want to have it, but she fears how much of a burden she'll become on her own family over time.

As we watch Alice slowly become a fraction of who she once was, we see the toll it starts to take on those around her over time. Often leading to heartache and despair that makes the story almost unbearable to watch.

Julianne Moore delivers the finest performance of her career, as she'll have audiences' hearts yearning in agony when they see what happens to her character, while showing how it deeply affects those around her. Take in mind, this film is not for the faint of heart. If you can't stand sad movies, then chances are you probably won't be able to sit through "Still Alice", as the entire premise of the story is meant to make you feel uncomfortable as we watch her slow demise throughout story.

What's interesting about "Still Alice" is the cinematography sets up various parts of the story quite well in it's own unique subtlety. During various scenes where Alice trips, the camera shakes to show us how disoriented and uncomfortable Alice happens to be during that moment. And in a later scene when her Alzheimer's Disease progressively gets worse, we see the camera focus on her, as her family talks about her condition in the background.

Alice seems oblivious to what they're saying. But as the conversation with her family goes on, we start to notice the camera makes her family behind her seem all fuzzy, while keeping Alice in focus the whole time. This scene alone is very interesting because it shows in a subtle way how she's slowly becoming disconnected from the world. It's an interesting use of cinematography, as it helps compliment the story quite well.

As for the rest of the cast, I thought everyone played their parts rather well. Nothing spectacular, but they did compliment each other nicely throughout the story. .

One surprising aspect to this movie was Kristen Stewart, who's infamously known for her role as Bella from the "Twilight" films. I know people will probably see her in the trailers, and immediately think she stinks up the joint with her mediocre doe eyed acting skills, or lack thereof. However, she's surprisingly not that bad in this feature. If anything, you'll swear she's not even the same actress, as she certainly proves that she can act if she's given something to work with. Granted, I doubt this movie will convince anyone that Kristen is a great actress, or anything. However, it's nice to see that there might some hope for her after all.

Overall, "Still Alice" is probably one of the most touching stories that I've ever seen about tragedy and love. It's a sad emotional tale that reminds us to cherish what we have in life because one day it could all be gone. Like "Amour", "Still Alice" isn't meant for the faint of heart, nor can I promise anyone that it'll feature a happy ending. However, if you're into sad emotionally deep films, then "Still Alice" is certainly worth looking into.

© 2015 Steven Escareno

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adecourv 20 months ago

Although the trailers looked alright, ever since Moore won her Oscar, I've been wanting to see this one.


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Stevennix2001 19 months ago Author

Yeah I agree. the trailers hardly do this film any real justice, but it's definitely worth seeing.

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