Still Alice (2014)
Starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart
Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
While I could list a summary for you, quite frankly I've already written all you need to know about Still Alice in the opening paragraph. Thanks to a relatively quick running time, the directing and screenwriting team of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland place the focus squarely on Alice (Moore), a linguistics professor who can't help but find irony in the fact that her education in language and communication is failing her personally now thanks to the incurable disease that is slowly deteriorating her mind. With her three adult children and husband (Alec Baldwin) by her side, Alice must come to terms with the fact that her life will unfortunately never be the same.
While Moore is in every scene in the film, the moments that ring the most true for me were the ones in which she is discussing her disease with her family. Baldwin as her husband and Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth as her daughters help to humanize things even more by reacting in a variety of believable ways to their wife/mother's diagnosis. Without them to play off of, Moore wouldn't have shined nearly as bright as she does.
Still Alice certainly works as a movie and it doesn't particularly do anything wrong in any aspect, but don't go into this one expecting to be blown away because that won't happen. This is a good film that I admittedly don't think can be any better than it is -- but it's simply good, not great.
The RyMickey Rating: B