Primetime Polish Up: Episode 107 – Julianne Moore Part II

The Primetime Polish Up is my weekly post showing off my nail polish color of the week and a review of what I binged watched.  I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!  Comment here or tweet to me @gingercouture1 or @JoyAttardo.

Nothing special or out of the ordinary this week.  Kinda weird actually.  Of course a couple dinners with friends and my daily work schedule is busy but no major events this week.  I will enjoy definitely enjoy a lighter week for a change. My polish choice is out of pure love for the color rather than planning out how I will dress and accessorize for a special occasion.  I’ve been noticing lots of dark blue and green shades of polish lately so I chose OPI Dark Side of the Mood.

OPI Dark Side of the Mood

OPI Dark Side of the Mood

I just finished reading Still Alice and immediately watched the movie.  I usually read for pleasure during my morning elliptical workout.  This was a heavy read for my morning workout entertainment but I could not put it down.  I was near tears at several points during this journey about Alice, a Harvard linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset alzheimer’s.  It was the daughter’s I identified most with.  The setting for this story took place in Boston, the personal familiarity with all the landmarks made it easy for me to connect with the characters. As a daughter, while reading this story, I was constantly putting myself the daughters’ shoes and my own family members in Alice’s situation.  This is not a far fetched story or one that exaggerated details for the sake of a good story.  Anyone could find themselves in Alice or her daughter’s situation.  The author really elicited feelings of anxiety, panic and grief as each new obstacle occurred and through the way Alice described her interactions and experiences.           

After finally seeing this blockbuster it is no surprise why Julianne Moore won the Academy Award last year.  The characters fit my imagination and brought the feelings to life. With any book to movie interpretation you lose the perspective of the internal struggle and the ability to hear the thoughts of the story teller.  I was most taken aback but the changes between the book and the movie.

In the book, Alice’s Black Berry was another appendage for her.  It was one of the tools she used to try to maintain a sense of order and control over her life.  The movie upgraded her Black Berry to an iPhone.  This detail is really not a big deal and did not alter the story line but I didn’t see the point to upgrading her technology especially where the book took place in the early 2000’s when Black Berries were widely used by professionals.  While it was only an ancillary part of the story, the graduate student that Alice advised in the book was omitted from the movie.  The relationship between a student and academic advisor/mentor is very important and I like that this showcased another aspect of Alice’s career that was impacted by her diagnosis, not just her teaching.  Another step Alice took to gain control of her future was the support group she started so she could socialize with others who were diagnosed with early onset alzheimer’s.  The story line in the movie did not struggle without this detail so I was not as disappointed when I realized it was not included as I was about some other exclusions and changes.  The movie changed the location from Boston to New York.  This change did disappoint me.  When I sat down to watch the movie, I was so excited to see Boston displayed as the backdrop.  The know-it-all in me likes to be able to point out certain streets, storefronts, or landmarks.  Boston is a much more intimate city compared to NYC.  Boston is full of rich history, it is a city that people can quickly  pick out on a map, it is a familiar city whether you are from here or not.  Alice lost her intimate relationships, familiarity with her surroundings, and her personal history.  Maybe the author did not intend for there to be such a tie between the themes of the book and the location, but it was a connection that I made and the transition to NYC in the movie didn’t sit as well with me.  Again, this movie was an impeccable portrayal of the book and the alternations do not change the quality of the film, I highly recommend the book and movie.

Any book to movie recommendations? Send them my way!

Talk soon,

Joy       

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