Doing the time warp, again
The Age of Adaline Rated: M Review: Kate Fielding Rating: 5/10
IMMORTALITY is a trending theme in recent movies and while it might seem an appealing trait to most, the thought – at the ripe-old age of 29 – of living forever plunges Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) into a state of depression.
The Age of Adaline resonates with 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which tells the bizarre story of a man who starts life ageing in reverse.
Only Adaline, by some stroke of pseudoscientific rationale, stops ageing in either direction.
Unlike its immortality equivalents – think Twilight or any superhero film – director Lee Toland Krieger ( Celeste & Jesse Forever, The Vicious Kind) aims to make Adaline’s condition seem almost realistic as a biological glitch.
She stops ageing the moment she drowns in a lake as a result of a car accident but is brought back to life thanks to a bolt of lightning, which strikes the lake.
Wanting to keep her condition a secret, Adaline spends the next 80 years with a new name and residence every 10 years.
Her solitary existence helps her avoid any chance of being romantically involved with anyone.
That is until she meets the philanthropist old soul Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), who seemingly falls head-over-heels for Adaline in record timing.
Mix in a possible future father-in-law played by a dewy-eyed Harrison Ford, who swears this is not the first time he has met the blonde beauty, and a triangle of love begins to form.
For all its potential and elegantly shot scenes, the movie feels a bit bland and fails to capture the depth of love viewers might see in recent romantic dramas – the relationship between Adaline and her gorgeous dog is perhaps the greatest love story in this film.
Viewers are left asking few questions throughout the movie thanks to a somewhat strange voiceover explaining in great detail exactly what’s happening.
Although The Age of Adaline doesn’t quite reach its potential, the acting of the graceful Lively and handsomely shot scenes make the movie watchable.
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