In Still Alice, Julianne Moore plays a professor of linguistics diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease at age 50. Still Alice does a good job of showing the progression and the devastating effects of the disease from both the patient's and the family's point of view. Of course, no movie can fully portray the prolonged heartbreak the disease causes in real life.
The movie is based on the novel, Still Alice, written by Lisa Genova, who has a Ph.D in Neuroscience.
Julianne Moore has won many awards for her performance in this movie, including a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Academy Award.
Dizzie: She did an excellent job, but the role was well within her capabilities. I don't think it was a big stretch for her, Boss.
Lilly Faye: That's what happens with an actor as good as Julianne Moore, Diz. She makes it look effortless. I thought she gave a moving and sensitive performance.
The real surprise was Kristen Stewart, who plays Alice's youngest daughter. This was her best performance, by far. Maybe she learned a thing or two from working with Julianne Moore.
Frank, please tell everyone what you made for dinner.
Mr. Frank: Pan-fried sockeye salmon sauced with brown butter, capers, and slivered almonds. I served it with new potatoes, and a wedge salad consisting of iceberg lettuce, avocado, and dried cranberries, topped with blue cheese dressing.
Dizzie: I'm sorry, Frank. I don't get the excitement over wedge salad. It's just a big chunk of iceberg lettuce.
Mr. Frank: It's a mid-century classic that's back in style. Huff.
Alfie Cat: I loved the salmon, and the whipped cream on the fresh berry parfait.
Dizzie: I missed my chips. Why can't we have chips every night?
Lilly Faye: I loved every bite of the entire meal, Frank.
Mr. Frank: Thanks, Doll.
Lilly Faye: You can watch the trailer for the movie by clicking here: Still Alice.
Time to rate the movie, boys!
Dizzie: I give it One and a Half Paws Up!
Mr. Frank: Two Paws Up! I liked that many of the scenes revolved around food.
Alfie Cat: Two Paws Up! I stuck around for it, so it must be good.
Lilly Faye: Two Paws Up! The acting was excellent all around.
Still Alice is very well done, and definitely worth seeing if you're a teenager or an adult. I don't think younger children would get much out of it.
While it isn't an uplifting film due to its subject matter, Still Alice isn't nearly as grim as I expected it to be, either.