Saturday, 13 December 2014

''Still Alice'' (2014 movie)- Review

Directed by: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Released: 2014
Country: United States

Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish

Genre: Drama

Rating: 3 out of 5


''Still Alice'' tells the story of an intelligent linguistics professor's descent into the depths and horrors of Alzheimer's disease. We see her losing the ability to find the right words, we see her losing the ability to express herself, we see her losing her memory, her words. Julianne Moore's excellent performance brings into life the pains and horrors that the protagonist, Dr Alice Howland, has to go through. 

Dr Alice Howland is a successful linguistics professor. When she finds that she often forgets the words through which she wants to express herself, she consults a neurologist, who finds out that Alice is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. As days pass, she starts forgetting things, and the disease skeeps worsening. But what she has are loving family members who take care of her, help her to deal with the pains as her condition keeps worsening.

''Still Alice'' is yet another film that portrays the horrors of Alzheimer's disease. We go through so many experiences, happy experiences, sad experiences. We cherish the memories. And it is painful for people if they discover that they have lost the ability to express themselves, the ability to recall things, the ability to remember their achievements and success, the ability to recognize their dear ones. These are the things ''Still Alice'' deals with. 

I found ''Still Alice'' a realistic and sad little film. Julianne Moore's performance is excellent, and Kristen Stewart, as Alice's daughter, is really good as well. The film is quite captivating. I really felt sad and shocked seeing the protagonist's struggles, her slow descent into the horrifying depths of the Alzheimer's disease. While it is a realistic portrait of how Alzheimer's disease can change everything, how Alzheimer's disease takes away a person's ability to express himself/herself, his/her ability to recognize even his/her most dear ones, I wouldn't say it is a great or unforgettable film because it definitely isn't. The film did move me into tears (I had tears in my eyes when Alice delivered her speech, it was such an emotional scene),  I was satisfied with it. It was moving, it was captivating, and Julianne Moore's performance is really great. But the film itself, in spite of being realistic, moving and having strong performances, is nothing great, it is not unforgettable, but yet it is recommendable because I am sure it is an impressive and touching little film that very realistically portrays the horrors of Alzheimer's disease.

3 out of 5


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