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Still Alice Film Review (2014) – Realistic Alzheimer’s Story

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Still Alice is an independent film that brings us into the perspective of Alice, who is a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a disease that commonly affects elderly, causing them to lose memories and self over time. There have been quite a few movies that feature Alzheimer as the main plot, such as this Canadian one, and so how does Still Alice stands out among them? Well, let’s go deeper into the way the directors decide to film it in the Still Alice film review below!

 

Premise

The basic storyline is pretty basic, with Alice discovering that she is in the early onset of Alzheimer’s and we see her progress from bad to worse. Could her own intelligence as well as help from the family help her overcome this disease?

Still Alice Julianna Moore
When Alzheimer’s struck at the wrong and unexpected time…

 

Review

Also, typical scenes such as her starting to forget stuff and encountering difficulties in otherwise normal activities are shown for much of the first half of the movie. What makes this movie stands out, in my opinion, is some great camera works and the cast actors. For the former, there are a few scenes of Alice running around the school and getting lost. The directors decided to use soft blur on all the backgrounds while only focusing on Alice, leaving her isolated from her surroundings. These shots perfectly capture the feeling that Alice must have felt when she knew she suffers from the disease. She becomes an outcast, slowly but surely, with her memories symbolising her blurred vision of the people and herself. Then, there are more scenes of her recording herself to remind her to take excessive sleeping pills to die peacefully in the beginning, which then she almost does it at the end. I love how the story makes use of technologies to handle the current situation, which not a lot of other films did. It also serves as a reflection and a sense of you talking to the future. She hopes to end her suffering while she can still remember, but I doubt she remembers it at the end, making it an irony, as the memory loss actually makes her forget to end herself.

Julianne Moore does a marvelous job in portraying her characters as someone who struggles to live with the disease. She creates such a believable character, making Alice looks genuinely real. Everything happens one at a time, which gives a sense of progression of her disease. She also does not change her persona massively like some other films which depict them as going mad/become a total outcast. Alice goes through her suffering by using whatever help she can find, such as from technology through her phone. She is quite independent, though she still seeks help from others such as her husband and also her willingness to tell her children regarding the genetic disease. It makes me pity her as I watched the movie; I could still see her strong will to live, but the reality is cruel. The title ‘ Still Alice’ seems to be an indication that regardless of her losing memories and loss of oneself, nothing is truly lost forever, as read by one of her daughters from a book. She will still be Alice, and she can still feel the love from her family all the same.

One minor dislike I had is that there is not much conflict going on. Sure, there are some daughter-mother arguments but that’s it. She is lucky to have a family that still supports her and is willing to be patient

. In the real world, such things are pretty rare and thus this film does not accurately portray how the side characters will act. Though, this allows the director to fully concentrate on Alice, which is really the stand-out among all of the characters by far. In fact, all of the scenes feature her and not one from other characters’ perspectives.

 

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Still Alice Film Review (2014) – Realistic Alzheimer’s Story
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What's good?
Great portrayal of Alzheimer's in a realistic way
Julianne Moore's performance is just incredible
Great pacing that shows the progress of the disease
Neat camera works using visual metaphorism
What's bad?
Other character's room of growth is limited
4
Dayum!
A wonderful realistic portrayal of Alzheimer's disease
Perhaps one of the best movies that reproduce the settings and scenarios of Alzhemier's patients. This film is touching in its simplicity and in its faithful presentation. Definitely give this a watch!

 

 

 

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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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