Still Alice

Still alice
DRAMA
2014

DIRECTOR: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland CAST: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Seth Gilliam, Hunter Parrish
AWARDS: Golden Globes – Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Julianne Moore) (nominated)

RATING – 9.1 out of 10

  • ACTING – 7 out of 10
    • Julianne Moore was the shining star of this film. With her truly magnetic performance, she carries the rest of the cast. Kristen Stewart played the angsty, stuttering, hair-in-the-face character that she’s all too familiar with. And Alec Baldwin was his regular suave, sleazy self, though he had a hint of something different, something real. Julianne Moore is my choice for Best Actress at the Golden Globes, and I certainly hope that she’s a contender at the Oscars.
  • WRITING/DIALOGUE – 10 out of 10
    • A beautiful adaptation about the tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • DIVERSITY – 6 out of 10
    • Two of the three main characters are women, who have several conversations with each other and not a single one of them is about men. One of the supporting characters is black, but I don’t really recall him having very many lines.
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY – 10 out of 10
    • The cinematography was so adroitly executed as to give the audience the dizzying sense of fear and confusion that our heroine experienced.
  • MUSICAL SCORE & SOUND EDITING – 10 out of 10
    • The music wasn’t grand or extravagant. It was simply there to emphasize the tragedy of the story. And it did just that quite successfully.
  • PLOT/STORY – 10 out of 10
    • Of all the tragic films I’ve seen, I’ve never seen one about Alzheimer’s disease. There’ve been characters in other films who have suffered from it, but that wasn’t the primary plot of the film. That’s not to say that there haven’t been any films made about it. It’s just important that we bring focus to the disease and to show the devastating affect that it has on those who suffer from it and their families.
  • TIME – 1o out of 10
    • I was uncertain about how much time had past during this film. Alec Baldwin’s character made a mention of it, but the film never said just how much time had transpired. Normally, this would count against the film, but it worked perfectly with the film. There is one scene where Alice is trying to find her phone in the dead of night. Her daughter finds it, cracked, later. Alice says that she was looking for it “last night”, but we find out that it was really a month ago.
  • GRANDIOSITY VS. HUMILITY – 10 out of 10
    • It doesn’t impose a self-importance.
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