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Still Alice DVD Review

Still Alice DVD

“Still Alice” is worth seeing for Julianne Moore’s performance alone.

Based on the novel by Lisa Genova, “Still Alice” is the story of a linguistics Professor (Dr. Alice Howland) who becomes diagnosed with a younger onset of familial Alzheimer’s disease. The film unflinchingly details how Alice and her family are impacted by this news and how Alice’s mind and body rapidly deteriorate as a result of the cruel disease.

Judging by the plot synopsis, one might think the film runs the risk of being overly sentimental or a manipulative tearjerker or shameful awards bait. Thankfully, “Still Alice” is none of those things. From start to finish, it is a haunting, heartbreaking, gut punch of a movie that deals with the horrific disease in a serious manner. Truth be told, you need only see the scene of Alice watching video of her self to understand that.

Of course, a lot of the credit for the film’s powerful impact should be given to Julianne Moore. Moore, who has been giving award worthy performances time and time again, received a much deserved Oscar for her role as Alice Howland. She gives a truly heartfelt, brave, and gutsy performance. It is never showy or over-the-top and feels entirely believable.

While Moore makes the film work, she is surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that contains Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart. The most noteworthy of this group is far and away Kristen Stewart. Stewart may catch a lot of flack these days after her “Twilight” performances, but her career should not be judged on those blockbusters alone. Just watch her in “Still Alice” and the “The Runaways” to see how talented of an actress she really is.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1. How does it look? Denis Lenoir’s cinematography looks sharp even in standard definition.

Dolby Digital 5.1 not a ton of audio, track handles dialogue and music well.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Sony trailers and a “Still Alice” trailer.
* “Finding Alice”- An informative 9 minute featurette about Alzheimer’s and the character of Alice Howland.

Overall Thoughts: It may not have any repeat value, but “Still Alice” is absolutely a must see film. Give it a rent when it is released on home video May 12, 2015.

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May 3, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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