FILM REVIEW: Tearjerker is possibly Julianne Moore’s finest moment

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FILM REVIEW: STILL ALICE (12A) SHOWCASE CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOW

CAST: JULIANNE MOORE, ALEC BALDWIN, KRISTEN STEWART, KATE BOSWORTH & HUNTER PARRISH

RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 39 MINS

DIRECTORS: RICHARD GLATZER & WASH WESTMORELAND

Oscar-winning Julianne Moore gives what could possibly be the performance of her career, writes MIKEY CLARKE.

Lisa Genova’s best-selling novel brought the reality of Alzheimer’s to life for thousands of readers – but the writer/directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland bring it to thousands more with this adaptation that does the book more than justice.

Julianne Moore plays Alice, a happily married (to Alec Baldwin’s John) 50-year-old New Yorker with three grown children – played by Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) and Hunter Parrish (17 Again) – and a successful career.

The renowned professor decides to seek medical help after forgetting simple words and getting lost during a run on campus. It’s then that she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s. The drama increases further when she’s told that it’s genetic, and could affect her children.

Most films that tackle Alzheimer’s approach the condition from the point-of-view of friends and family. It was therefore refreshing to see Still Alice focus on the victim’s perspective – and in such an emotional and brilliant way.

This film deservedly won Julianne Moore an Oscar for Best Actress, as she is superb throughout – but unfortunately the rest of the cast never quite emerges from her shadow.

Surprisingly Stewart is the one that gets the closest to Moore’s level of acting – giving a performance that shows she can act outside of the generally critically-maligned The Twilight Saga.

With around 36 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s, it’s likely you’ll know someone with the disease – and having somebody close to me with the condition resulted in the film hitting me hard.It would also seem I weren’t alone as there were so many sniffles at my screening – probably leaving puddles of tears by the film’s close.

Rating: 4/5