Still Alice

2014

Action / Drama

238
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 114654

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Kristen Stewart as Lydia Howland
Julianne Moore as Alice Howland
Kate Bosworth as Anna Howland-Jones
Alec Baldwin as John Howland
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dhainline1 10 / 10

What Would You Do If You Began to Show Signs of Alzheimer's Disease?

Julianne Moore's character of Alice Howland has to face that eventuality in the wonderful, heart-breaking movie "Still Alice.". Alice is a 50-year-old woman with a charmed life. She is happily married to Dr. John Howland, played by Alec Baldwin. Their son, Tom is training to be a doctor, daughter, Anna is married, pregnant with twins, and a lawyer, youngest daughter, Lydia played by Kristen Stewart who has matured as an actress since the "Twilight" series, is an aspiring actress. All of the performers are great, but Kristen Stewart surprised me the most and she broke the Bella Swan type-cast trap. In her job as a language professor, Alice needs her brain in order to give lectures and write books. When her brain basically craps out on her during a lecture at the college, Alice is confused by why her sharp mind has suddenly failed her. Alice's memory lapses have her confused and upset. She goes to a neurologist who tests her memory. After much testing, the doctor says Alice has an inherited form of Alzheimer's disease she got from her late father. He tells her to have her children tested to see if their late grandfather gave them the faulty gene. Anna tests positive for the gene, Tom tests negative, and stubborn Lydia refuses to take the test. In the end, Alice gets worse and worse. Her twin grandson and granddaughter are healthy, but it is heart-breaking their grandmother won't remember them. Lydia takes up the reins as her mother's caregiver and the most heart-wrenching thing about the movie is how much this horrible disease takes away so much from its victims.

Reviewed by amheretojudge 8 / 10

yeah, it was about love..

Still Alice

There are some tracks that they could have easily chosen to thicken the plot or add some twists and enter the dark zone but they keep it light here for the most part of it and sums it up to 'hope' in the end. Still Alice is a feature that doesn't come often, it offers everything expected and some more in addition to a heart in the centre of it pumping all the way through in each and every frame of it keeping it alive and soothing over its short runtime of around 100 minutes. The writer-director duo Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are magnificent and dedicated to the last word of their work which is visible completely onto the screen. But in the end, it's all in Julianne Moore's side of the show and boy what a show she has to offer, she is flat out brilliant and heartwarming along with a great supporting cast like Kirsten Stewart and Alec Baldwin. Still Alice has fast pace natured script, intriguing and gripping screenplay, majestic performances and an immortal soul in it.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 6 / 10

The horrors of Alzheimers

Saw 'Still Alice' to see how Julianne Moore's universally praised performance would fare and also to see how the film would do portraying an illness as cruel as Alzheimers. Having seen myself what it does to people from singing Christmas carols recently at a care home, and having had a family friend who succumbed to it a few years ago.

Finally getting round to see it, there was a good deal to admire about 'Still Alice', and there is more to it than an award-sweeping performance. On the other hand, a large part of me expected something much more, it is a brave attempt but doesn't explore the illness and how it affects loved ones as well as the sufferer enough. Which is a really big shame because the potential and ingredients are all there, the execution was inconsistent.

Can say absolutely nothing wrong about Julianne Moore, whose magnificent performance, one of heart-wrenching subtlety and dignity delivered with incredible intelligence, is what especially elevates 'Still Alice' to a higher level. As to whether she deserved the Oscar, my answer is yes for one of the overall best performances that year and she is tied with Rosamund Pike in 'Gone Girl' as my win for the Best Actress category that year.

It is not just Moore who gives a quality performance. Alec Baldwin is just as powerful and Kristen Stewart proves that she is capable of a good (great even) performance when she has a character and material that are halfway decent (not the case with the 'Twilight' films and 'Snow White and the Huntsman', but the case here).

The film looks good visually, while the music is hauntingly beautiful and there is an honesty and poignancy to the writing, effectively chilling early premonitions and some interesting, illuminating facts.

However, most of the characters are cardboard cut-outs, particularly those of the children. Of Stewart, Hunter Parrish and Kate Bosworth's characters, the only one to have any kind of meat is Stewart's. Can barely remember those for the other two, especially Bosworth's who is also rather shallow.

Too much of the script is under-baked, too coy and lacks subtlety, some of it almost like a sermon. There is not much new to what is already known about Alzheimers and how it's portrayed in other films to much better and more consistent effect.

Much more could have been done with the too bland and trivialised portrayal of Alzheimers (even though there is emotional impact), we know already how cruel it is but we don't properly get to see how devastating the illness is. Largely because the family relationships and how it affects them, as well as the full effects of the illness itself (far more complex and devastating than the film shows), are under-explored. When there are attempts at these, they do vary in how much they ring true or whether they're contrived). And the daily struggles glossed over completely, it's not just the sufferer who suffers and the carers deserve better than that.

Overall, decent and worth watching but should have been much more. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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