I watched this film on a whim, in the mood to make myself sad while moping around in pyjamas and stuffing my face with very cheesy pizza. I knew little to nothing about Alzheimer’s disease. I did not have family members affected, nor did I know any of my parent’s or grandparents’ friends with the disease. Now, I feel a little bit ignorant.
To put it simply, Alzheimer’s disease is an illness that destroys brain cells, causing a range of symptoms like memory loss. As the disease progresses, it becomes more intense, and people with this illness can forget the most basic of things, like dressing yourself and bathing.
This film is a masterpiece. Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, it is about a highly educated, extremely intelligent woman named Alice, who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She is a mother, a wife, a woman with a strong career and a lifetime of achievements, who finds herself slowly losing all of that. Played by Julianne Moore and joined onscreen by Kirsten Stewart and Alec Baldwin, Alice is struggling with a disease that tears people apart; those who struggle with it and those around them who can do nothing but watch their loved ones lose themselves.
Still Alice is a wake-up call to the reality of Alzheimer’s disease. You do not need to know much about the disease to understand it; the film teaches you. We learn with the characters and fight the battle with them. It is a heart wrenching watch and a fitting tribute to those fighting this disease. As sad as it may be, it also fills us with hope; one day people may not have to ‘master the art of losing’ like Alice is. The most beautiful aspect of this film, is the constant reminder that although Alice is ill, she is still human and she will try with every might to live life to its fullest potential.
An outstanding film with fantastic acting, you are guaranteed to be left in an emotional state after this film. Check out the trailer below!