Still Alice | Psychology violent, scary and very good


Based on a novel by Lisa Genova, the film stars Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth (Last Vegas 21), Hunter Parrish (Weeds, The Good Wife) & Alec Baldwin (30 Rock). The film was directed by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland (Americas Next Top Model).


Premise: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.


Review: Still Alice is not, yet another awareness movie campaign on the disease. it is a heart wrenching, beautiful film about a family, no, a woman dealing with a devastating diagnosis. You slowly get into Alice’s head, witness the subtle shift in her behavior, her struggles, and it’s heartbreaking. If you have any history with a chronic disease, and even if you don’t, you will cry during this movie. It’s an emotionally-charged film that has the particularity to be easy to watch.

The film is very much about Alice and her disease. It’s focused on her and the other characters are basically supporting roles but they all really carry the story perfectly. As much as you see subtle changes in her, however fast they come, you also get to have a glimpse of how it’s affecting her family. 
The story is told from Alice’s perspective, she is the center and she is telling her story in her own way. It’s about loss, it’s psychologically violent and scary. I mentioned earlier that the audience get into Alice’s head and it’s translated in the images. It gets white and hazy for us when it gets that way for her.

Julianne Moore’s performance is Oscar worthy. I would not be surprised if she snatched some awards this year because at this point her nomination is inevitable. She delivered a captivating performance for such a demanding and what I’m sure must have been a challenging role. Moore applied so much authenticity in her performance that you won’t leave the movie theater without acknowledging your feelings, specially if you have a history with a chronic illness.

Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth & Hunter Parrish pick up where Julianne Moore left off and add on to the realistic feel of the film. They put together a powerful and moving film, an emotional roller coaster that I would recommend everyone to get on.

 In my opinion this is a great film but I’d like to know you take on it, tweet me @wornoutspines or share your opinion in the comment section?


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