The Age of Adaline: Film Review

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The Age of Adaline is very sentimental fantasy romance but as someone who is a sucker for love stories, I really liked it. I don’t rate Blake Lively as an actress but she still managed to make me cry so she can’t have been that bad! Lively stars as Adaline, who stops aging in her late 20s after a freak car accident and she has to change her identity and location every decade to stop people realising her condition, except her daughter (later played by Ellen Burstyn). That is until she meets  Ellis (Michael Huisman) and they begin to fall in love, but that is thrown into chaos when his father (Harrison Ford) is somebody from her past.

This movie is obviously a fantasy because the cause of her immortality would never happen – yet the movie tries to legitimise it by using fancy scientific narration to explain the condition, although you know it’s total crap. I hated the narration from some unknown male voice as the key moments in Adaline’s story are told as it were a reconstruction scene in a documentary. So it took a while to get into the story – but once I got there, I was fully involved.

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That was mostly helped by Huisman and Burstyn, who were a joy to watch. Burstyn’s scene with Lively made me emotional because it must be so heartbreaking watching your daughter reach old age when you’re still in your 20s! So touching. Huisman was very handsome and I liked him a lot, but I was most surprised by Ford who brought an emotional depth I haven’t seen from him in a long time. His scenes also choked me up – see a pattern here? – and don’t even get me started on that damn adorable dog.

I wasn’t totally sure where it would end up and it did get pretty sentimental but I enjoyed it (besides those niggles). The supporting cast was amazing, Blake’s wardrobe was beautiful and I was touched by the whole theme of aging and not letting anyone get close.

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