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.
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★★★★ review by Laura Raud on Letterboxd
Julianne Moore is probably the most beautiful person who has ever lived on this earth.
★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
+1 to the list of films that I will never watch again...
Edit: I found this to be an incredibly difficult experience. It's probably the most realistic look at Alzheimer's that I've ever seen, being so grounded in reality and incorporating contemporary themes such as the growing influence of technology on the world of health and medicine. As someone who had to stand by and watch and his grandmother deteriorate from Alzheimer's, I found this film emotionally stirring and relatable. And though I'm a big fan of Amour - it's almost certainly an even stronger piece of cinema than Still Alice - I think that this is a more, as I put it previously, "realistic" look at the disease. A very frightening film, and one that I will most likely never re-visit.
★★★★ review by Naughty aka Juli Norwood on Letterboxd
More terrifying than any horror film out there! The subject of alzheimer's disease hits close to home as my mother had been diagnosed with it and is living in a memory care facility! The film got the audience up close and personal with the disease and you cry a tear or two but the good news is the audience can get up at the end and walk away from it pretty much unscathed! Families with loved ones affected by this devastating disease don't have that option! Extremely difficult subject matter that weighs heavily on my mind in more ways than one for one day I too could find myself suffering my mother's same fate!
Julianne Moore's tour de force performance was absolutely phenomenal! While the film didn't delve deep enough into the abyss I applaud the film for showing the disease through the victims point of view!
★★★★½ review by jess42 on Letterboxd
tb to when i first watched this in 2015 and didn't cry at nearly every scene bc i wasn't the depressed old lady i am today......those were simpler, much happier times.
★★★½ review by CinemaClown on Letterboxd
Championed by a truly memorable performance from one of the most beautiful, admirable & incredibly talented actresses of our time, Still Alice is a poignant, melancholic & heartbreaking tale that's neatly crafted & sensibly narrated but what truly makes it an emotionally resonant & visually engaging cinema is the fabulous lead show by the lovely Julianne Moore.
Based on Lisa Genova's novel of the same name, Still Alice tells the story of Alice Howland; a happily married linguistic professor with three children, who finds out that she is suffering from an early onset Alzheimer's disease. The plot covers the struggle she & her family undergoes during the progression of the disease as she slowly begins forgetting words, locations & even her loved ones.
Written & directed by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland, the film keeps it entire focus on Alice from start to finish & even though it sometimes carry the usual sentimental approach these stories usually rely on, the good thing here is that Still Alice isn't entirely dependent on it. The technical aspects are finely carried out & although there isn't anything special about them, there isn't anything to complain either.
Coming to the performances, Still Alice features a commendable cast in Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth & Hunter Parrish, and although the supporting work is reliable, Moore's performance here is so remarkable that she overshadows everything else that exists in the film. Baldwin brilliantly chips in as her husband while Stewart, Bosworth & Parrish stand in as her children & do a fine job in their given roles.
On an overall scale, Still Alice tackles a sensitive subject with sensible compassion & presents Julianne Moore in sublime form. It's an amazing performance from her as she truly owns her character in every scene & makes the viewers feel the pain of every lost memory. I did expect it to conclude with a different ending & was actually hoping n looking forward to it but was still satisfied to some extent with the moment it chose to wrap up its story. Definitely worth a shot.
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