Between Highlander and Forever, there always seemed to be a bit of a demand for intriguing immortals. The non-blood-sucking kind of course, because vampires are a whole other cup of tea.
The Age Of Adaline is not only a movie about a woman who can’t grow old, it’s also a movie about love and how to live life to the fullest.
Born in 1908, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) leads a normal life: she grows up in a loving family, marries a lovely man and has a baby. After her husband dies, she gets into a road accident and dies. But somehow, a bolt of lightning brings her back to life and [insert sciency-mumbo-jumbo] which means she can’t grow old.
At first, Adaline doesn’t notice anything amiss, but when she reaches her early forties and still looks like her 28 year-old self, people start noticing and, afraid to become a science project, she leaves daughter Flemming and flees, assuming a new identity.
Now living in San Francisco, Adaline is called Jenny and works at an archive library. She’s been living quietly for decades, moving around every few years and changing her name, always getting the same breed of dog for company, and staying as close as possible to her now retired daughter (Ellen Burstyn). But when she meets handsome philanthropist Ellis (Michiel Huisman) at a party, things start changing.
Very persistent, Ellis starts to seduce Adaline/Jenny, even though she tries to hold him at arms’ length. But craving for love and affection after living alone for so long, she slowly falls for him. When he takes her to meet his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker), things start to get complicated. Will she ever be able to tell him her secret? Can her past come back to haunt her?
I thought the movie was beautifully done. The flashbacks are very tasteful, done using old videos or pictures as well as memories, and it’s great fun to see Adaline throughout history.
The costumes are great and Adaline manages to channel style from long ago in the most modern settings. Blake Lively has plenty of grace and her soft voice and ageless beauty lends itself perfectly to a woman born so long ago.
Ellis Jones has now become my ideal boyfriend/husband-to-be: he’s gorgeous, knows how to cook, likes reading and history, created something that he enjoyed and that got him money, gets on with his family, isn’t afraid to speak about his feelings and he seems interested in the girl not just because she’s pretty, but because she’s smart.
It’s really lovely if you like history and a bit of science (fiction) thrown in. And by the end of it you’ll feel like you can’t waste another minute and need to get to the important things in life straight away because you won’t live forever and even if you did, you’d be really bored doing it by yourself.
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