Title – The Age of Adaline (2015)
Director – Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
Cast – Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew
Plot – Ageless beauty Adaline Bowman (Lively) finds herself falling in love with Ellis (Huisman) but the true nature of her life gets in the way when Ellis invites her to meet her parents, an invitation that unearths secrets from Adaline’s troubled past.
“Tell me something I can hold on to forever and never let go”
Review by Eddie on 24/11/2015
A perfectly harmless and well intentioned drama, The Age of Adaline is one of those films that never once threatens to become something more than expected but it reaches all its goals none the less thanks to Blake Lively (not so much her acting but her melt a thousand hearts smile), an intriguing story and a nice production design that helps the film overcome its Hallmark movie pedigree.
While comparisons where originally made to the somewhat similar The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, it becomes quite clear after 30 or so minutes that Adaline is a different beast to David Fincher’s polarizing classic of a man aging in reverse. Whilst there’s a narrator who occasionally pops up to give some explanation on why things are the way they are (Lively’s Adaline Bowman stops aging thanks to some pesky lightning) this is eventually a much more simple story of love and regret and in many ways Adaline’s condition takes a back seat to some more conventional dramatic romance arcs that keep the film ticking alone without ever becoming overly involving.
It’s hard to feel as though Adaline got the most out of its set up by the films end, the idea of someone watching on as their friends, lovers, children and countless pets age and pass on is ripe for both emotional resonance and tension yet the film seems somewhat afraid to go all out and plays things pretty straight considering the implausibility of its main foundation.
Some of the films lesser qualities can be traced back to the central romance of Adaline and Ellis her new found love. Ellis as played by Michiel Huisman is never really charismatic enough to make the viewer feel like Adaline would all of a sudden change her ways and Lively and Huisman share a somewhat uneasy chemistry that never truly sparks. By the films later stages when the older than ever looking Harrison Ford shows up as Ellis’s father, you wish that the film focussed a little more on his side of the story.
A film that is exactly what you expected it to be, Age of Adaline could’ve most certainly become something much more had it nailed stronger casting decisions and made some bolder plot choices but overall this is a well-produced and well intentioned drama that’s easy on the eyes and easy to enjoy.
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