Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. (IMDb)
I think what I liked most about this was that it doesn’t shy away from showing a “non-inspirational” side of the whole thing. If that even makes sense. Instead of being “I have this disease but I’m still here” type of inspirational story, it’s a lot more realistic. Yes, the inspirational moments are still there, but it also shows the sadder, bleaker moments. It was more realistic. Which is partially thanks to Julianne Moore. She went for it. This is one of my favorite performances from her since The Kids Are Alright. She’s brilliant. You see her condition debilitate while at the same time still seeing the person underneath realize she’s debilitating and trying to control it. Also, the focus on the family is interesting as well, with Alec Baldwin playing her husband and Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish, and Kristen Stewart playing her kids. They were all very good, with particular focus shown on trying to balance their own lives with now taking care of Alice’s. Overall, this is a heartbreaking drama that will probably go into my “really liked it, but don’t know if I want to watch it again” list. But, it is worth that first watch.