Thursday, February 05, 2015

Still Alice

Like I said in my previous post, I had a movie marathon today.  I wrote something on The Imitation Game in the previous post and now I am writing about another movie called Still Alice.  This movie is also not a "mainstream" movie in Malaysia, meaning only Golden Screen Cinema plays this movie.  Again, I love GSC for giving movies such as this a chance, because they are really good.  At the same time, it is just sad that it wasn't accessible in all cinemas.  If you wanna watch it, you gotta go to  places with GSC.  Getting back to the movie.  Still Alice is a story about a very accomplished woman named Alice who is in her 40s that got the Alzheimer disease.  Which is rare considering she is quite young to have Alzheimer.  She has a wonderful husband and three very supportive children.  Alice was played by Julianne Moore, her husband named John played by Alec Baldwin, and her three children, Anna (Kate Bosworth), Tom (Hunter Parrish) and Lydia (Kristen Stewart).  So, you can see that the cast is pretty good.  Despite her wonderful family, it doesn't change the fact about the terrible thing about Alzheimer...which is killing you without literally killing you.  In other words, what we consider as life will involve our memories and experiences...without them, it's like your soul is living your body without you being dead.  You forget everything, even your own name.  On top of that, it is, to this date, an incurable disease.  So, if you have it, there's nothing you can do.  With that very reason, this movie becomes so moving.  It makes you appreciate the memories that you have, that you can remember them.  It doesn't matter if it's bad or good memories...but to just have the ability to still remember them...makes you appreciate that you can.  Also, it doesn't just effect you, but people around you will suffer with you in their own ways.  Because physically, you are there...but at the same time...the person you are that people around you come to know is slowly fading away, and that is just painful to watch and endure.  Don't watch this movie in hopes that there will be "Hollywood miracle" where people discover a way to cure Alzheimer, or Alice just magically gets better.  There is nothing like that...it is real...which makes this movie feel...so alive, and that makes this movie so damn good to watch.  Not to forget, the scoring for this film is brilliant.  I just can't describe it in any other way, I L-O-V-E the music so much!  Good job to Ilan Eshkeri on the scoring.  

I know, in some (or most) countries, this movie was released in 2014.  But for those in Malaysia who hasn't seen this...seriously...you need to watch this.  Give movies like this a chance.  It is a really good drama movie.  I'm afraid you can only watch this at GSC, but it will be worth the trip.  Besides, GSC is pretty much everywhere nowadays.  I seriously recommend this movie to people so very much.  If I am to rate this movie from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I will give this movie an 8.5.  I really do recommend it.  I cried so much throughout, it's just so moving.  

*image taken from Google Image

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