January 25, 2015

Movie Review: Still Alice ****1/2

Isn't it everyone's nightmare to have Alzheimer's disease? I'm too old for early onset, so that's a relief of sorts, but who knows what's to come?
Still Alice is the story of a 50-year-old woman; an intellectual, a world-renowned linguist, someone whose intelligence is her identity, and she's diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's; the ultimate irony.
I unfortunately didn't like the book the movie is based on but I loved the play that was done by Lookingglass Theatre. And I loved the film.
Julianne Moore, who's not one of my favorite actors (she doesn't seem to melt into the characters she plays) is very moving in this film. Alec Baldwin's part is not big but his performance is poignant and authentic.
Still Alice is tough to watch - it hits too close to home - but it's worth the tears, and the tissues you'll need during this movie.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars for Still Alice.

1 comment:

Thomas Watson said...

Exquisite performance from Julianne, well-deserved Oscar.