What Would You Do If You Began to Show Signs of Alzheimer's Disease? (by dhainline1)
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 <more>
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.
I caught this film at a film festival and I'm so glad that I did. The Oscar buzz for Julianne Moore is more than warranted. I think and hope she'll win the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Dr. Alice Howland. Moore brilliantly and subtly charts the decline of her character's mental state. The rapid progression of her disease makes her an unreliable narrator and the directors use the camera's focus or lack there of to illustrate her episodes. There are so many touching moments and scenes in the film and it's all treated honestly and sensitively. Personally, <more>
Alzheimer's has struck my family and Still Alice captures the different reactions of it beautifully.The supporting cast is truly supporting. There are no co-leads. Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart are the two standouts as John and Lydia. John's desire to ignore the reality and further his career, while deeply loving his wife hits home. Lydia's character is initially portrayed to be a rebellious aspiring actress and morphs into Alice's best caretaker. It's really quite touching and heartbreaking. Kate Bosworth is also strong as the Type A eldest daughter, Anna Howland-Jones. Lydia and Anna are very believable as sisters. Hunter Parrish's role as Tom is tiny, but he's good in it too.Glatzer and Westmoreland did great work on this film.
Still Alice 2014 is an instant classic movie, one of the best movies of2014 hands down. The film tells the story of Alice, a brilliant professor that is diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's disease at the age of 50. Terrified of the future, and the fear of forgetting the life she's created, "Still Alice" reflects not only on the ramifications of knowing such knowledge of your eventual demise, but how it affects those who know and love you. If your loved one was stricken with such an illness, would you, rather could you stand by their side no matter what? It's easy to <more>
answer with the socially acceptable response until you're faced with such a question. It's wonderful film that has wonderful acting by Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart. Its shinning acting goes to Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart are nothing short of magnificent in this emotional drama that stands the test of time. It can feel like a life-time movie because of its production but overlook that and you will see a wonderful drama that deserves to be watched many times and also makes you think. It's going to hit home with many people too that deal with this disease daily, it's a wonderful movie that's bound to get tons of praise in award season. It's truly a classic in every way. 10/10 instant classic movie
If Someone You Love Has Dementia, You Are Not Alone (by juliasf)
This movie was a great boost to my psyche as someone who has watched my own mother lose her ability to be the fascinating and clever woman she once was. The performances of Alec Baldwin and Ms. Stewart really impressed me. Julianne Moore is always good. If you have lived with the loneliness and the torture of watching someone you love lose his or her mind this movie may just give you the strength to go on.Julianne Moore's performance is particularly compassionate. This movie depicts an excruciating illness, but also illuminates the heroes who emerge and the grace which is possible despite <more>
Still Alice - a Delicate, Heartbreaking, Intimate and Ultimately Powerful Story, That Is Sadly a Part of Our Everyday Life (by drakula2005)
It probably goes without saying, but in my opinion "Still Alice" is right up there among this year's best pictures.And what ultimately makes author Lisa Genova's debut bestselling novel so personal, yet so universal and identifiable in it's messages, are the performances. Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart are a part of a strong supporting cast, that will leave a lasting impression in your mind and it will be more than deserved. Both of their characters were so real - warm, supportive and earthly. And while both Baldwin and Stewart have taken the occasional misstep in <more>
their respective pasts, both of them once again showed without a doubt their acting abilities and scope, a word linguistics professor Dr. Alice Howland used, albeit with great difficulties, to describe her daughter Lydia played by Stewart in one point of the film.And what a performance by Julianne Moore that was! She essentially made an already rich character in Alice, a frankly too young Alzheimer's disease patient, who also happens to be a renown linguistics professor, even more dimensional and rich. Moore's Alice is a strong, intelligent woman when we first meet her at her birthday at the beginning of the film. At that moment, Moore is confident and full of purpose. As she gets diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease, that her children might have inherited from her, and time goes by, Alice becomes a shadow of herself, whose mental health deteriorates at an alarmingly fast rate. And that is the part that Moore portrayed with such skill and graceful pain, that the viewer can't help but get irreversibly emotionally involved with her character. We feel for her, we cry with her, we wish she would get better, although it is clear that is sadly not going to happen. And Moore's Alice knows it as well. And that makes the journey through her story even more challenging, difficult and painful for the viewer. Or as Beverly Beckham of The Boston Globe put it "This is Alice Howland's story, for as long as she can tell it".The film was directed and adapted by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, who share both the writing and directing duties on almost all of their projects to date. The two somehow complete each other and find the balance, that is needed to tell such a delicate story in a manner, which can do it proper justice.I will probably be the only one saying this, but I thought the score was tremendous as well. Kudos goes to composer Ilan Eshkeri, who did an amazing job on the film. The music is often intense and minimalistic, it feels like it is just an addition to the already rich environment the characters find themselves in and I would love to see at least a nomination at the Oscars for Eshkeri, although I highly doubt it.So, to wrap it up in a nutshell: Still Alice is a wonderful film, an intimate and fascinating study in the field of family drama, and one of the year's best. I definitely hope to see some awards buzz mainly around the cast - both Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart deserve it for their delicate and supportive portrayal of husband John and youngest daughter Lydia, respectively, who never gave up on Moore's Alice. And Julianne Moore - well, what can I say - her brutally sad and honest portrayal of Alice deserves to go down in the books of top-notch acting and she will reap the fruits of her work a long time from now well, mostly, at the end of February, I hope .So it is a nine out of ten stars from me, only because I felt there could have been more screen time for the other children in the Howland family, and therefore the film could have been at least 10-15 minutes longer. But solely on Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart's impeccable acting, I say this film is among the very best in the subject and also among the best titles this year. My grade: 9/10
A Well-Made Film with Strong Performances! (by namashi_1)
Based on Lisa Genova's 2007 bestselling novel of the same name, 'Still Alice' is a saddening, but beautifully made film, that stays on your mind even after it concludes. Its A Well-Made Film with Strong Performances! 'Still Alice' Synopsis: 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.'Still Alice' is about a women's journey coming to an abrupt end. Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland's <more>
Adapted Screenplay is consistently engaging, although difficult to watch, at most times. The protagonist's journey with her family offers moments of pure love & sadness. You feel for the characters & particularly, for Alice. Glatzer & Westmoreland's Direction is under-stated, but impressive. Cinematography captures the bleakness, exceedingly well. Editing is just perfect. Performance-Wise: Julianne Moore brings Alice to life, with a splendid performance. She becomes Alice & completes her tale, magnificently. Alec Baldwin, as Alice's supportive husband, redefines "control" in performance. He's restrained & patient all through. Kristen Stewart, as Alice's rebellious younger daughter, is natural. Kate Bosworth, as Alice's older daughter, is in true form, as well. On the whole, 'Still Alice' is an experience, that demands to be felt. Two Thumbs up!
Still Alice is a realistic and emotional story of a woman living with Alzheimer's disease. Julianne Moore successfully shows the struggle, confusion, anger, pain and isolation of having such a disease through her incredible performance. She allows the audience to see what having Alzheimer's could possibly be like. This film also has an amazing screenplay, a screenplay that is raw and honest. There is also a great ensemble performance from the cast, featuring Alec Baldwin as the supportive and loving husband. The movie definitely makes the viewer think deeply about aspects of life such <more>
as memories, family, loss and bewilderment which are all addressed in Still Alice. See this film for a moving story, but mostly for Moore's miraculous performance. It wouldn't be a surprise if she won Best Actress in the upcoming Academy Awards.
Still Alice tells the story of a Columbia cognitive psychologist diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease played by Julianne Moore who in my opinion gave the best performance of her career.Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin also give very good performances and I think that Ms.Stewart successfully shed the "Twilight" vampire stereotype.Just like any disease, your fight is as strong as your support system. Not only Alice's but Julianne Moore's support system is strong as well with a supporting cast of Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish, and <more>
a score that never has the audience wondering about their emotions but has them focused on Alice's.An amazing movie I recommend it to everyone
Again, Julianne Moore did a great job to portray a career-minded ambitious woman who suffered the fatal gene inherited from her father, a disease that nothing can be done to stop or cure the dementia, the nickname of the Alzheimer's disease. She got that, then one of her daughter got it past down from her. This year, we got two movies in the same genre, the other one; an also a very good one, "You Are Not You". Both focused on an unlucky, highly educated, very successful woman who suddenly encountered a fatal disease.This great film has some weak and/or flawed characters <more>
development and wrong casting job. Alec Baldwin is the one that definitely a miscast. The role he played got no chemistry with his wife and their children. The role he played to those three children only gave an impression of a step father, a guy who had divorced his first wife then married Alice with three children. A.B. used to be a great actor, but he was jammed into this role with no enthusiasm at all. He treated his wife and those three grown-up children with no love or passion, a total outsider and stranger in the house. The screenplay also suffered a very unbalanced ration to the three children, the son, suffered the similar vague character development as what the father character weak characterization, another stranger in the family. I strongly believed that the screenplay focused on the daughter played by Kristen Stewart was a very unbalanced choice. If the scenarios could become a bit more devastating, it should focus on the daughter who was diagnosed with the same fatal disease, who was also pregnant, expecting another future candidate of that god-awful disease. Then again, the daughter's husband seemed to be not suffered any anxiety and stress when he found out that his wife got it too and their future offspring was doomed.What troubled me most and made this movie not as good as it should be, was the unbalanced and not-so-smart characters allocations, the absolutely no-chemistry flaws between the couple, the father-children, and among the 3 children, and the son to his parents and vice versa. It seems to me, this family is full of strangers, parents to their kids and kids to their parents. All the family members, except the mother character, only did lip services to each other and among themselves. The family tie simply was not so strong, a family full of strangers.But in general, Julianne Moore has again and again proved herself an actor with the ultimate acting talent. She could do any role in any film that required her to be a leading role with 110% convincing focus and endeavor, making her worth every penny that she earned. She is inevitably an overly familiar face on the screen since she played and appeared in so many films, but the audiences could accept her as a new face in the new or old films she involved, because she always transformed herself into that specific role. An actor who should have at least won 2 or 3 or even 4 Best Actress in Drama of the Oscar, but never got it so far; a shame to all of the pathetic Oscar voting members!!!