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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Still Alice (2014)

What is it about? 

A former linguistics professor at Columbia University, and her family deal, with the issue of her diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. 

Who is in it? 

Julianne Moore - Alice Howland

Alec Baldwin - John Howland


Kristen Stewart - Lydia Howland


Favorite Scene: 

After being in her vacation home, Alice's disease continues to grow as she begins to forget many things. She suddenly has to use the bathroom, and is unable to do so because she can't remember where the bathroom is. John finds her, and kindly comforts her. 

Favorite Quote: 

"My yesterdays are disappearing, and my tomorrows are uncertain, so what do I live for? I live for each day. I live in the moment."

Review: 

If you watch Still Alice, trust me, be ready to sit somberly with many emotions being tugged on. The film presents a very harsh reality about the rigors, progression, and damage that Alzheimer's disease can do to a person and their family. It's a struggle, a super sad one. 

Of course, leading the way in this film is Julianne Moore who seems to really flourish in these roles. Moore was absolutely excellent as Alice Howland, prominent and intelligent professor, to woman who is struggling to hold onto the person she was/is. Her performance was really, really, good. 

The film is an intriguing one to grasp the depths of what mental illness can do. However, don't expect this one to be a pick me up. Watch at your own risk. 

Grade: RRRRR

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