The Age of Adaline – Review

Genre Romantic, Fantasy
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger
Starring Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn
Released on April 24, 2015 (United States)
Duration 113 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 9/10
Channel Netflix

After watching The Age of Adaline, I looked up the film to see if it was based off of a Nicholas Sparks novel because then that would explain the teary mess I was by the end of the film. But guess what? It’s not based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. It’s just that good.

I mean yes, it is a sappy romantic story. But it’s got a splash of science-fiction that makes it extra enjoyable. Due to some complicated freak accident that I’m not going to get into, Adaline (Blake Lively) stops aging at the age of 28-ish. So as the world around her including her friends and family grows up she just, doesn’t. While staying forever young may seem great at first The Age of Adaline as a movie proves us wrong. It even becomes a tad horrifying when Adaline’s daughter grows up and becomes older than her mother who remains her young sparkly self (Edward Cullen anyone?).

So Adaline goes through life without forming attachments of any kind with people. In any kind of scenario where people start to notice that she doesn’t change, she gets up, leaves town and starts over as someone new. Further, she leaves the men she falls in love with as soon as it becomes serious. It’s heartbreaking how she can’t have a partner of any sort. It’s a lonely road that she travels alone.

But when she meets Ellis (Michiel Huisman), the first man who has conquered her heart in decades things start to go wrong. When Adaline who now goes by ‘Jenny’ goes to meet his family one weekend where she meets his father. Ellis’ father, William is the man Adaline left when things became too serious many many years ago. He recognizes her instantly and while shocked at first, she recovers quickly and offers that Adaline was her mother when questioned about the similarities.

Things become awkward when William proceeds to talk about Adaline like she’s a long lost love in front of his wife. Adaline even gets to know he named a comet after her. William spirals into drinking and becomes manic until he finds out that Jenny is indeed Adaline. He confronts her about it and she spills the truth. She then leaves Ellis and drives away. Now, I’m not going to spoil the ending of such a good film for you, so go watch it yourself!

The entire film has this beautiful dream-like quality with the soft focus, gorgeous colors and stunning cinematography. In fact, it’s a bit too soft, even when emotions are running high and it’s supposed to be intense, the movie is still gentle and soothing, both music and cinematography-wise. It’s fairy-like vision makes it a far cry from any authentic reality. But we don’t want to see our own lives reflected back at us so it’s alright.

With all it’s good qualities aside though, the film does drag on a bit. The last hour is the most enjoyable part of the entire film by far, but quite a few of my friends didn’t make it that far because it was too “boring” for them. Well, their loss.

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