Movie Review: The Age of Adaline

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Every once in a while Hollywood decides to make an original film and it is actually good. With so many remakes or reboots the older I get more fatigued I feel with the films I have to see. The Ada of Adaline decides to go left and come up with an interesting concept and run with.

The idea behind The Age of Adaline focuses on a woman who is forever 29. a freak accident and the perfect lightning in a bottle moment caused the normal ordinary Adaline (Blake Lively) to stop aging. She can die, but she will never grow another day older. As those around her including her own daughter who is 5 at the time Adaline’s aging clock stops, its only a matter of time before she attracts enough attention that she must start disappearing to protect herself and her daughter. Adaline has a plan and everyone eventually slips up.

adaline on new years eve

Through flashbacks this film weaves thru Adaline’s life choices, moments when you made painful choices and the people whom she never forgot. A good chunk of the story circles around when living in London in the 60’s, Adaline enters a relationship with a man who she gives her real identity to. Her slip up and how far she allows their relationship to go as well as her choice to end it comes back to haunt her at the most unexpected time. In the present Adaline who’s closest friend is a blind woman in her 50’s and her daughter Flemming (Ellen Burstyn) is now in her 70’s she’s about to make her identity change as she does every decade when she meets Ellis (Michiel Huisman) who falls for her and despite her attempts to keep him away she falls for him as well.

adaline and flemming in the present

I can’t ignore The Age of Adaline’s use of fashion. Adaline wears clothes that are clear period pieces in the present. Her style stands out against the rest of the people she comes in contact with making it overt but also a good use of how living for so long you can only change but so much. The even take the time to point out that she’s made business choices to keep her wealthy enough to travel and move every decade, she works in a library dealing with historical archives for both the nostalgia factor of things he actually experienced and because no matter how careful she tries to be getting photographed it does happen.

I really enjoyed The Age of Adaline. The original story and the weaving throughout the years is highly satisfying. There’s a small amount of comic relief as well. This film is fine to watch on a girls night or even a date night. Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker also star.

My Rating: Matinee
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Studio: Lionsgate
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Run time: 110 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13