“Still Alice” Movie Review

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Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a distinguished professor of linguistics at Columbia University and author of a world renown textbook on linguistics.

still-aliceAt the youthful age of 50, Alice is mentally and physically active, eats healthy, is excited about her work as a professor and researcher, has a loving husband (John played by Alec Baldwin) and four adult children.

And she just found out that she has early onset Alzheimers.

The Alzheimers takes it’s toll very quickly, as it sometimes does in highly intelligent people, and Alice loses her job, has trouble remembering words and people, and even got lost while running. At one point Alice tells her husband that she wishes she had cancer, because she is losing the one thing she treasured most….her intellect.

Knowing that she will digress rapidly, Alice makes a video for her future self listing the steps she needs to take to commit suicide.

“Still Alice” is an intimate look into the progression of a devastating disease that very slowly robs you of you, so you know exactly what is happening until you are only a shell of the person you used to be. Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for this role, and she is stupendous as the declining Alice. Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart (Alice’s youngest daughter, Lydia) are terrific, as is the entire cast.

Not for kids and definitely not for a fun date night. Watch it for Julianne’s Oscar winning performance and to learn more about this horrible disease.  Don’t just bring a tissue, bring the whole box.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Xfinity.



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