Posted by: greercn | March 11, 2015

Still Alice

Harrowing and hard to watch, “Still Alice” tells the story of an academic expert in linguistics who is hit by early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Julianne Moore’s Oscar-winning performance in the leading role is beautifully nuanced and profoundly affecting.

Based on a Lisa Genova book, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmorland wrote and directed this work of love. Expertise shines through and the credits show an impressive number of medical leaders advised on this.

One camera shot will break your heart. Alice is standing and trying to figure out where she is. The image keeps a tight focus on her face as everything around her fades away and blurs.

All of the actors here put in fine turns. Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish are all great.

The emotions are perfect, but certain facts annoyed me. Surely a professor would spell “grammar” correctly on her computer files? Is this just the most impossibly perfect marriage, family and job combination ever shown?

Wouldn’t the family experience some financial hardship alongside this disease?

But these are minor quibbles with a sensational film that details the disease while affirming life.

I saw it at a packed Stratford East PIcturehouse free screening for members. If you can stomach the rawness and difficulty of the subject matter, see it.

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Responses

  1. Nice review Greer. It’s a very sad, nearly disturbing movie about one can happen to one person going through this problem. And Moore is perfect throughout all of it.

    • She is SO perfect. Even with my niggles.

  2. Brilliant, an all star cast in a movie about something real for a change. Only thing that bothers me about a film on this subject is now everyone is going to think they can diagnose people…some of us have always been scatterbrained, not the same thing.

    • As a scatty and away with the fairies person, this bugged me. It was still brilliant. Thanks for a great comment!

  3. I’m not really a big fan of watching movies based on some harrowing disease.. They make me really depressed.. 😦 But I’m really looking forward to watch this one just coz of Julianne.. That woman never disappoints me!

    • She uses her face and movement to create really superb performances. I agree with you that this genre of film is painful to watch. Thank you for the comment.


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