Compassionate, eye opening and realistic — “Still Alice” gives its audience a glimpse into the mind of Alice Howland, a mother of three and a linguistics professor, who discovers she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
“Still Alice” Synopsis:
Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is at the prime of her life — she’s at the peak of her career as a linguistics professor at Columbia University, has three wonderful children (played by Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish) and a loving husband (Alec Baldwin).
Anyone could say Alice has it all until she begins to forget words. It began when she forgets one word during one of her lectures until it got scarier, and she loses track of her way during her daily jog. She consults a neurologist and finds out she might have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Alice chooses to hide it from her family until she gets confused about a guest over dinner, which leads her to inform her husband, John, of her situation. They consult the doctor together and discover that the disease is genetic. Their kids learn of their mother’s condition and finds out that one of them is positive for the rogue gene.
The disease progresses quickly, causing Alice to struggle each day as her cognitive abilities decline.
“Still Alice” Movie Review:
The movie is heartbreakingly beautiful. Its honest and realistic portrayal of the lives of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s gives its audience compassion as we take a glimpse into Alice’s point of view as the disease progresses.
Alzheimer’s affects up to 36 million people worldwide. The movie takes on the point of view of people who get diagnosed with the condition, how they struggle to remember every precious memory and how the disease affects the family.
Moore’s powerful performance as Alice Howland may earn her a slot for the Oscar’s. Kristen Stewart, who was known for her role as Bella in the “Twilight” saga, surprisingly gives depth on her role as Alice’s compassionate daughter.
“The warm, compassionate but bitingly honest ‘Still Alice’ will touch home for many people,” said Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter.
Peter Debruge of Variety describes, the score “doesn’t tell you how to feel, but rather how she feels: lost, emotional and anxious most of the time.”
“Still Alice” scored 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.
The film was directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Glatzer is afflicted with ALS, although this did not stop him from making this film and communicating with the actors and rest of the crew with the use of the text-to-speech app on iPad.
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Directors-Screenwriters: Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer
Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Hunter Parrish and Kate Bosworth
Runtime: 99 min.