The movie "Still Alice" starring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore for her role in this film that's probably been out for nearly three months.
There was no surprise in the story line of a highly educated successful college professor Mom and wife who is diagnozed with Early-Onset Alzheimers at the young age of 50. The progression is quick and the film powerful.
The word "devastation" was the word that pulsed thru my mind throughout the film watching the devastation this incurable disease had on her, her family, her career and her future. Imagine being at the beach watching the tide come in except it doesn't recede. Initally one can deal with it but in short the realities of this unrelenting situation becomes overwhelming and devastating. Simply, there is no where to hide. Same with Alzheimers.
This film was marvelously edited into a tight 100 minute movie. The story line unfolded early in this film and the progression of the disease and its impact moved along fast. As a result, the viewer felt a lot of tension in the scenes where Moore "Dr. Alice Howland" is by herself, and one only expects the worst. A variety of variables prevented "really bad things" from happening but you sensed it was just a matter of time. No doubt, this film ends before her mind/memory is completely gone, but you could sense the future.
This was not a comfortable movie to watch but it is important to watch. I'm sure the box office dollars were unremarkable. I credit the movie editor/director for keeping the story focused on the decline without deflecting to many side stories. Personally, I don't believe I have been exposed to this dreaded illness (friends/family) but I bet it is closer than I know.
I can fully understand why Moore won the Oscar for Best actress, it was quite a remarkable role.
Lastly, and going back to the beginning, I suspect most folks going to the movie knew what it was going to be about. I went on a yucky, cold winters day and yes would have preferred a warm or fun movie. Sort of reminded me of going to a viewing/funeral. Not something you get excited to do, but you know it is important to do. When you leave, you feel and know you did the right thing.
Again, I don't have 1st hand experience with this dreaded disease. However, I feel better and have my eyes open because no doubt it will come into my life in some form. I am very happy "Still Alice" was made and that I saw it.