Review: Still Alice
This film is terrifying.
It really is. Alzheimer's is a scary disease, and it does do a good job of showing how devastating it is.
Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a genius professor who after gradually forgetting things goes to a neurologist and is diagnosed with early on set Alzheimer's. She's 50 years old. This film is about how she and her family, consisting of her supportive but workaholic husband John, (Alec Baldwin) bitchy daughter Anna, (Kate Bosworth) nice daughter Lydia (Kristen Stewart) and might as well by a wall peice son, Tom (Hunter Parrish) deal with it.
I think this is an important film, it certainly raises awareness for Alzheimer's, but it can't shake the Lifetime-y feel and the fact that aside from Alice there's not much to the other characters.
I almost hate saying this because it's taking away from the film, but now I'm even more annoyed that Rosamund Pike is going to lose the Best Actress race to Julianne Moore. Moore was heartbreaking here, there's no doubt, but this isn't even her best performance. The whole film just felt underwhelming, though I have to admit the ending was kind of perfect.
Recommended: Yes/No. It's not a good film, but not a bad one either. If your a fan of Moore, definitely see it.
Memorable Quote: "I wish I had cancer." - Alice (Julianne Moore)