Friday, January 23, 2015

Still Alice starring Julianne Moore, Sends a Powerful Message


Still Alice | Movie Review by Anne Brodie

 Directed by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Written by Lisa Genova (novel), Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Stars Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish
Rating: 3/5
Julianne Moore’s cutting a swath through awards season for a film that stretches her beyond any she’s done in her career.  In Still Alice, adapted from the novel by Lisa Genova, Moore plays a 55 year old linguistics professor wonders why she’s become forgetful of keys, words, day and time, and even where she is.  Her doctor gives her a surprising diagnosis – Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  No mistake.
She courageously breaks the news to the family without emotion. Her husband (Baldwin) and children (Stewart, Bosworth, and Parrish) are mystified and defiant. Surely, it’s a mistake. And equally shocking is news that the children’s odds of getting the disease are high. It’s interesting to watch their reactions then and sometime later, once reality settles in.
Alice struggles through the stages of her deterioration with resolute calm.  She tries to “be normal” for her family’s sake but before long, normal function is a dim memory. They move her out to the beach house where she and Stewart take long walks, talking, bonding through this tragedy by ...

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