Flash Movie Review: Still Alice

The change is so minuscule you would not even be aware of its importance. Years later you may look back and remember it, realizing it was a warning for the oncoming seismic shift about to take place. For some the process is slow and drawn out; the occasional forgetfulness does not seem to be a big deal. Who has not forgotten where they put their house keys or forgotten a word now and then? But later on it becomes more frequent; think of it as a change from autumn to winter. Picture a majestic wide tree with a multitude of branches that curl and twist outward, filled with a thick abundance of leaves. Slowly the rich dark green of the leaves starts to fade, becoming less vibrant. The leaves that had been stretching wide like the palms of many hands were all beginning to close into gnarled fists. Memory drips out of the mind, falling away on a current of air like shriveled leaves; until the tree is laid bare. You may think the person is trapped inside their body but that is not the case; they are no longer there. You only have a living picture of who they were and even that begins to shut down due to the lack of electrical pulses from the expired brain. This is what can happen when someone has Alzheimer’s disease.    JULIANNE Moore (Non-Stop, What Maisie Knew) played linguistics Professor Alice Howland. As an author and expert in her field, how was it possible that she was beginning to forget her words? This film festival winning drama’s success was all due to Julianne Moore. She was remarkable in this role, playing a middle-aged woman with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. There was one scene in particular where she was looking at her younger self and it amazed me how different she made the two images look on screen. I can understand now why she won the Golden Globe award. Some of the other actors in this film were Alec Baldwin (Beetlejuice, 30 Rock-TV) as John Howland, Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns, Blue Crush) as Anna Howland-Jones and Kristen Stewart (Twilight franchise, On the Road) as Lydia Howland. Everyone did a good job of acting; however I really did not get Kristen. It seems like she is doing the same thing in every movie; I have not seen her display any emotional variety with any of the characters she has played. Due to Julianne’s dominant performance, this drama has an effect on the viewer. Not to be funny here, but it seems as if I am paying more attention now when I forget something.


3 1/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 23, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Thanks! I put it in my queue!

  2. This is on my must see list – thanks!

  3. i want to see this one.

  4. I loved the book and am looking forward to the movie!

  5. Can’t wait to see it. I’ve read many great revies about it. Thanks for your slant on it.

  6. I have not seen this film, but, funny enough, just finished watching What Maisie Knew and thought how remarkable of an actress Moore is. I completely agree with you on the Kristen thing. She has the same face and attitude in every single film she’s in. I don’t like her. Great post 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments. I’ve enjoyed Moore’s acting for some time; wait until you see her in this film. It is a pleasure to meet you and I hope you will find some hidden treasures among the posted reviews.

  7. I’ve just seen this, and I have mixed feelings. I think the success of the movie rides entirely on Moore’s performance and on the innate tragedy of the situation. Otherwise, I thought it was a bit unsatisfactory: there seemed to be to be something wrong with the pace of it and I couldn’t get any sense of the underlying narrative except in the very last scene. It felt to me as if the scriptwriter was a bit overwhelmed with the complexity of the book and dumbed it down so it felt more like a series of scenes of her deterioration rather than building to a sense of “still Alice” in spite of that.

    • Yes, this film was all about Julianne’s performance. It sounds as if you read the book; if you do see this film at some point I would enjoy hearing your take on the two. Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments.

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