Friday, January 23, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: Still Alice

Still Alice

Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart


December 5, 2014 (Oscar Run)
January 16, 2015 (NY/LA)

Richard Glatzer,
Wash Westmoreland

Sony Pictures Classics

1 hour 42 minutes



As seen before in many movies, including the recently released "The Theory of Everything," actors tend to test their abilities by playing someone who either is very sick, mentally or physically disabled, or someone who has their life deteriorating at the hands of a fatal disease.  Julianne Moore has put her foot in this pool, and in return has given the performance that many have been saying she'll finally win an Oscar for.  When I heard about "Still Alice" and all of the praise that Moore was getting, I didn't really expect it to actually be true.  Sure enough, it is, and a well-told film with some solid performances from co-stars Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin accompany her performance.  While some of the film feels manipulative, "Still Alice" manages to keep the audience's attention, pull at the heartstrings, and showcase Julianne Moore's titular character in a shocking and heartbreaking state as well as a career-defining performance on her part.

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