The Age Of Adaline
Who needs Oil Of Olay?
Release Date: OUT NOW!
12A | 112 minutes Director: Lee Toland Krieger Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn
Blake Lively’s Adaline
gets struck by magic lightning in the ’ 40s and suddenly stops ageing. What might seem like a blessing turns into a curse about 70 years later when she finds herself a lonely old woman trapped in a 29- year- old body. Friends, family and decades come and go, but Adaline remains the same – forced into a life on the run to try and avoid all the inevitable awkward questions.
Somewhere between The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button on pause and a Hallmark movie with a budget, the glow of magic- realism brightens up an otherwise dull romancer – with Adaline quickly getting into a long, straight- laced love triangle with a hunky young billionaire ( Michiel Huisman) and his dad ( Harrison Ford), a man she first met back when she was as old as she looks. It gets less interesting as the family flings get stickier, and the whole immortality thing doesn’t play as big a part in the story as you might expect.
Lively’s subtle, sensitive performance manages to skim off some of the froth, but director Lee Toland Kreiger ( Celeste And Jesse Forever) slathers everything in warmth and luxury – avoiding the darker corners of the Twilight Zone story altogether.
Yet despite the shameless eye- misting, all the glittering ball gowns, twinkly lights and good intentions are sweetly infectious. Even Harrison Ford manages to look a bit less grumpy than usual… Paul Bradshaw Blake Lively had never seen an Indiana Jones film. Her husband made her watch 1- 3 the night before filming began.
“Have you just farted?”