Julianne Moore finally got the Oscar she deserved and up held the foundation for Still Alice. She’s a true actress.
Still Alice overlays the reality of Alzheimer’s with compassion and sensitivity, but never looses its message of this nightmarish disease. Winning the Oscar (for Best Actress) last February, Moore proved that she was finally due for some Oscar love and gave this film a beating heart. She’s been nominated four other times (Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, The Hours and Far from Heaven), but has never won. Here, Moore goes all out in her tour de force performance about a Columbia linguistics professor, Alice, who discovers she has Alzheimer’s disease.
Based on Lisa Genova’s novel, we follow her deterioration as she struggles with everyday life and is only guided by her strength and family. When Alice (Moore) discovers that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s not only must she endure it, but her husband (Alec Baldwin) and three children (Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart and Hunter Parrish) as well. This is a hard film to consume because it will hit close to home for audience who are personally struggling with this disease or have love one’s struggling with this disease. Director’s Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (Quinceañera) know that and help guide the film with raw intimate passion and respect.
Rapidly consuming Alice’s every fiber, she has to take measures in trying to keep going. Alice has to type a checklist on her phone to keep her remembering the important aspects in her life. Bringing pain and solemn to the role, Moore gives one of the most gut-wrenching performances in recent memory, as she mentally breaks down in her kitchen for loosing her phone. The chronological order becomes a bit of a haze throughout the film, but it over shadows Alice has her condition worsens.
Alice’s inner world is collapsing and all the audience can do is watch. As the film ends on a depressing note, still, it helps shed light to this horrific disease that have caused so many pain of the years. Has we see Alice struggle throughout the film; the audience are there right beside her every step of the way. It’s heartbreaking to endure and Moore is damn near perfect in this film.
Still Alice is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference.