Film Review: Still Alice

Still Alice

Title: Still Alice

Directors: Richard GlatzerWash Westmoreland

Stars: Julianne MooreAlec BaldwinKristen Stewart

Genre: Drama

Rating: 4 stars

Summary

Still Alice is about a linguistics professor named Alice Howland, played by Julian Moore. She has a beautiful family, wonderful career and a bright future ahead of her. But suddenly Alice starts to forget pieces of her daily life. It starts out with almost unnoticeable things, but even sooner than she thinks these memory gaps get bigger and more serious. Alice goes to see a doctor, shortly after that she is diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The story continues with the struggle Alice faces, the struggles she faces with her family and the impact the disease has on Alice herself and her family. She struggles with the inevitable, but also of what remains of her life.

“And I have no control over which yesterdays I keep and which ones get deleted. This disease will not be bargained with.”

This movie felt very personal to me. My grandmother was diagnosed last year with Alzheimer’s Disease, so it had an impact on the way I see things and how I experience them when I’m with my grandma. I think the movie shows a very good image of how a visit with the doctor goes, of how it feels to get diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. I can’t possibly imagine how it must feel for the person herself, but Julian Moore did a stunning performance portraying the feelings, the thoughts and the idea of the struggles around the disease.

A beautiful aspect about the movie is the support Alice gets from her family. Her daughter, Lydia, played by Kristen Stewart, clearly knows what she wants in life, but doens’t completely succeed in what she does, or better said, what she wants. Lydia’s other siblings have a stable life. This expresses the difference in the family, but apart from those differences they all care for their mother. Alice’s husband, played by Alec Baldwin, expresses the struggles of what exactly a husband would go thru when his wife gets diagnosed with the Alzheimer’s Disease. The love, fear, doubt,… All those feelings even if they look bad in his own eyes come to live when he sees how hard Alice struggles.

At certain moments I felt really emotional, and stuff came real close to my daily life. So, thank you to the directors for making this movie. Thank you for showing how important family is in times like Alice faces and her family members.

The only thing I wasn’t completely convinced about was the edning. That is why I gave it 4 stars. Apart from that this movie was great.

I recommend this movie to everyone, young and old.

Still Alice is beautiful, heartbreaking, but most of all inspiring.

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