2014 Movie Reviews: Still Alice

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Well, I’ve finally seen the movie. Or, more accurately, I’ve finally seen the performance that’s going to win an Oscar, and the movie that’s built around that performance.

The film does have it’s share of pros and cons. On one hand, the editing wasn’t always perfect, and there are times when it feels more like a hallmark movie. But, there are some effective moments that involve certain things becoming out of focus. The directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland do a terrific job of putting you into the mindset of Alice during several critical moments. The film also has a pretty good screenplay.

But none of this really matters because the entire reason this movie is even relevant is because of Julianne Moore. Now, this is an incredibly meaty role for any actress, but it’s a combination of the role and the actress that is garnering Unsurprisingly, Moore is fantastic in this role. I think she’d by my #2 in this year’s Best Actress race. (After Rosamond Pike, of course). The remainder of the ensemble is very good, as well

I found that while the film didn’t do anything groundbreaking, it had some effective moments. And yes, it did make me cry. It’s a good film, albeit a sad one. And Julianne Moore does a wonderful job at the center of it all. There are definitely much worse films that can bestow the title, ‘Academy Award Winner.’

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