The Age of Adaline Movie Review
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The Age of Adaline is a curious tale about a woman named Adaline Bowman who one day stops physically aging past the age of 29.
Snow, having fallen for the first time that year in San Francisco, impairs Adeline’s vision causing her to run off the road into a freezing lake. Her heart stops beating. In that same moment a lightning bolt strikes resulting in her condition.
The movie then takes the viewer through a magical, mysterious journey. The people around Adaline start questioning why she and her teen daughter look like sisters. Police officials don’t buy that she is 45, like her license clearly specifies. The authorities begin to catch on and Adaline runs, reinventing herself with different identities in hopes that she won’t become some sort of scientific experiment.
In present day San Francisco, Adaline’s latest alias, Jennifer Larson, lives her life working in a library. Her only friend is a woman named Kathy; she is blind and believes Jennifer is her real age. Jennifer and Kathy end up at a New Year’s Eve party where she is hesitant to be there upon seeing pictures of herself hanging on the walls. She does not like to have her photograph taken in hopes of concealing her life-long secret. There she meets a well-to-do philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) and they begin dating. Ellis takes Jennifer to meet his parents and that’s where her past and present collide. William (Harrison Ford), Ellis’s father, turns out to be a long lost love interest of Adaline.
Blake Lively brings a captivating performance in the strongest role of her career. She shines as the lead, bringing vibrancy and charm to a character that is facing adversities out of her control. Her voice inflections and quick wit brought life to the character.
Michiel Huisman plays Jennifer/Adaline’s love interest Ellis. The Game of Throne’s actor showed his determination to win Jennifer’s affection and the chemistry between them is sweet enough to work, it just wasn’t electrifying. Harrison Ford, while not featured as much, plays his part very well. He is a nostalgic and bewildered man struggling to let go of his past with Adaline so that she may have a future with his son.
The Age of Adaline blends fantasy and romance perfectly. The cinematography is gorgeous. Costume design (Blake was rumored to have a hand in) blends a perfect mix of vintage and modern pieces. It’s a feel good movie that will make audiences laugh and cry. It’s comparable to a Nicholas Sparks film that this viewer will someday have in her collection.
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