A love story through the ages

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

IF you can will­ingly sus­pend dis­be­lief, The Age of Adaline is a sur­pris­ingly good, thought­pro­vok­ing ro­mance.

Af­ter a near-fa­tal car ac­ci­dent, 29- year- old Adaline Bow­man ( Gos­sipGirl’s Blake Lively) stops age­ing and when the au­di­ence is in­tro­duced to her at the start of the film she has lived for al­most eight decades with­out a sin­gle grey hair or wrin­kle.

While the beauty in­dus­try is founded on try­ing to stop/re­verse the age­ing process, Bow­man finds her eter­nal youth a curse, forced to live a soli­tary life for fear of her ex­tra­or­di­nary se­cret get­ting out.

The only one who knows the truth is her daugh­ter Flem­ming who, as she ages, goes from look- ing like Bow­man’s daugh­ter to friend, mother and fi­nally grand­mother (old­est ver­sion played bril­liantly by Ellen Burstyn).

Af­ter living from the turn of the 20th cen­tury into the 21st mainly on her own, Adaline be­gins to let her guard down af­ter a chance en­counter with hand­some phi­lan­thropist El­lis Jones ( Games of Thrones’ Michiel Huis­man), but a week­end away to cel­e­brate El­lis’s par­ents’ 40th an­niver­sary is more than Adaline plans af­ter she meets his fa­ther Wil­liam (Har­ri­son Ford).

Lively shows grace and heart, while her lead­ing man in Huis­man is a be­liev­able choice in some­one who might make her stray from a self-im­posed so­cial ex­ile.

Ford is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the film that is not only vis­ually beau­ti­ful, from its fash­ion to cin­e­matog­ra­phy, but tells an en­dur­ing love story with in­tel­li­gence.

Blake Lively and Michiel Huis­man in TheA­ge­ofA­da­line.

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