Plot: A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.
Since I don’t have the moral objections against romance movies as many people do, I was quite looking forward to Age of Adaline. I was thoroughly impressed and will definitely recommend it to different people. The biggest thing that counts in this movie’s favour is that it does not solely focus on love and when addressed, it is neither soppy nor icky. It is tastefully done, and the relationship between Adaline and Ellis seems real – it isn’t this ridiculous love at first sight type of thing and they aren’t DESPERATE for each other five minutes after the start of the movie. I also really enjoyed the strength Adaline had. She was nobody’s bimbo and had learnt to adapt to her startling condition quickly. It is easy to see that she is really lonely and deals with it as best she can. The part with her daughter was really painful – that thing of no parent would see her/his child die, but Adaline’s resignation at that fate is painful to see. I was also impressed and happy to see Blake Lively again in something – it is so easy to hate her with that genetic pool and I mean, she’s married to RYAN REYNOLDS. Anyhow, she was perfectly cast as Adaline. She has an ageless beauty that fit the role and her quiet portrayal of loneliness and desperation was spot on. I also really enjoyed Michiel Huisman as Ellis. I’ve said it way too much that Daario Naharis needs to be in more things and the movie fairies listened. I really liked Ellis and that he was perfect to get Adaline to embrace her life again.
The story progressed well and didn’t really need help, but Harrison Ford arriving on the scene not only made the movie run more smoothly, but also provided a good way to tie Adaline’s past with her present. I thought it was well executed and found it funny that the awkward moments potentially linked to Ford’s character was smoothly glossed over.
The Age of Adaline was much better than most people hinted it was and an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. It is not particularly complex or mind blowing, but it is a good watch and I don’t think it would offend a lot of people.