Do­ing the time warp, again

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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.

Michiel Huis­man and Blake Lively are young (well, sort of) lovers in

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