Movie 411: Age of Adeline

Directed by: Lee Toland Kieger

Screenplay: J. Mills Goodloe (Best of Me) & Salvador Paskowitz

Released: April 24, 2015

Rated: PG-13

Genre: Drama, Romance (I’m thinking it may be worth while to add this)

The Hook: Imagine being long-lived?

I was debating what movie I should review for this post and I admit, I went back and forth for a while. I’m planning and doing reviews for all, but which one did I really want to review first? You know? Well, as you may have guessed, The Age of Adeline took this round.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in this one. I was hooked from the moment I saw the trailer. There’s something … bittersweet when time and romance are involved, whether it be time-travel, immortal, or in this case long-lived.

Summary: Due to a several coincidences that occurred all at once–including a car accident, weird weather, and genetic make up–Adaline stopped aging at the age of 29. At first, she thought it was just because she took good care of herself, healthy diet and exercise. But a traffic stop at the age of 45 and the cop second-guessing her age, asking her to bring her birth certificate to the office, Adaline knew something was off. So she left her daughter, who was in the middle of college and could easily pass off as her sister, and ran. After extensive health research, she confirmed her suspicions that she just was right, all while trying to ditch people who were trying to “study” her. On the run, she meets the second love of her life but due to her condition she had to run. Fast forward around fifty years and she meets her third love of her life, against her logical judgement. She can’t help falling in love with him, as he did with her. And fate, or destiny, or whatever you want to call it, takes another sudden twist that makes Adaline question the walls and choices she’s made.

Review: #SpoilerAlert #JustSayin

I enjoyed this story. I’m not going to lie. Like I mentioned about, imagine what it would be like to withstand time? To never age. To know you’ll never get old. I mean, stop and think about that for a bit. The loneliness you must feel at times, knowing you could never grow old. Sure it has it’s perks. You’ll be near immortal. You can see things. Learn things. Do so many different things. But to never share a finite life with someone? To outgrow them? I mean, wow. Do we really not want to grow old if you don’t have anyone to share that with?

So, yes, I love this story. It’s not necessarily original, but it’s another perspective on that well-worn question of immortality.

With that said, I do think it was just a tad bit weak. I know, I know, but I need to be honest. Some parts seemed a little slow moving and there were other parts where I felt the story could have been strengthened just a little more, whether it was elaborating a little on her second love or perhaps giving us a little more story on her third, I can’t say. I just felt that a lot was left off the table.

I enjoyed the way the story was put together. It’s pretty straight-foward, but there are key moments in the story that a narrator steps in, very briefly, and that adds a nice touch to the film. Camera work is done well. As mentioned, it’s pretty straight forward with nothing too fancy. There’s an old-timey feel to film which is nice. It really does feel timeless.

That leaves the acting. Blake Lively is … well, awesome. She does have that ageless look to her and she does so well carrying the weight of this film in Adaline. She does “sadness” well and I loved the way she carried classy. I loved her chemistry with Anthony Ingruber (Young William Jones) more than I did with Michael Huisman (Ellis Jones), but it’s really a matter of preference than it is acting, I think. And what can I say about Harrison Ford? He did his part exactly as it should be: loosing his mind, then not loosing his mind, then acceptance, then shock, and then back to acceptance. You could tell both Adaline and William take their own trips down memory lane as they come to grips with the current reality. And of course, Ellen Burstyn (Flemming, Adeline’s daughter). It’s a well-rounded cast and they did a nice job moving the film along.

It’s a beautifully down movie that’s enjoyable. It did lack that “stunning” quality, but I would watch it again for the fact that it does nostalgia nicely. It makes you appreciate that your life is finite. It is drama so it runs a little slow and is a bit touchy-feely, but if you can handle that, I’d go for it.

#JustSayin