Hollywood has long been fascinated with bringing a tinge of real life to film in hopes to connect with audiences. While it is a fundamental element in successful film-making, it’s also prised by many who value the subject matter in hopes to spark a discussion that is important.
Based on the 2007 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by neuroscientist and writer Lisa Genova, Still Alice is more than just a film about the struggle of Alzheimer’s. In many ways, it is a harrowing tale of family, love and the effects on our lives from this debilitating disease.
Focusing on Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), the film finds us getting to know an accomplished professor of linguistics who is happily married to Dr. John Howland (Alec Baldwin) with three grown children (Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish, and Kristen Stewart). When Alice begins to forget words and people, nor recognize her surroundings, she is then diagnosed with “Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease”. It comes as a shock to the barely 50 year-old Alice and her close-knit family as the case is rare for someone of her age. As she comes to terms with the diagnosis day-by-day, her family finds their bonds thoroughly tested as they reflect on the situation and help Alice in her struggle.