The Age of Adaline (2015) Review

Adaline has been the same age for almost eight decades she has gotten into a routine of every 10 years leaving her current place and going somewhere new so people don’t get suspicious of her never ageing appearance.

This film came out at a very good time after my obsession with Gossip Girl, hello Serena in a lead role in a film aka Blake Lively incase anyone doesn’t know what I am going on about. So as soon as I even saw the poster for the film I thought I need to see that. The story is pretty interesting too, although maybe the way she gets this possible curse of never ageing is a little bit expected, a bolt of lightning hasn’t that been used for many things before?

I was very intrigued about what was going to happen with her never ageing especially as she kept coming back to San Francisco where she was born and grew up. To make things even more interesting she had a daughter Fleming who eventually over took her in the ageing process which actually makes for some rather amusing scenes.

Adaline constantly changes her name and her process of living an eternal life seems to be running along nicely as she is used to just leaving the people who end up caring about her. This all changes when she meets Ellis but not so much just how persistent he is with her but when she goes to meet his parents. It turns out she has actually met William before . . . They were lovers many years before and he recognises her. She does attempt to hide the truth but sometimes these things are not possible.

The only problem with the film is that it doesn’t move at a very fast pace, it seems to take a while to get going as it slowly goes through the backstory and tries to tease the audience as they wait to see what is going to happen next. I felt a little bit bored at times in all honesty which disappointed me as I had been looking forward to this film. Not taking away that it does have an interesting idea behind it and a heart.

Blake Lively carries the film well and I had no idea Harrison Ford was even in the film until he appeared so that was a nice surprise. He still has such fantastic on-screen presence, and I thought his role in the story was heartbreaking at the same time, you could not help but feel sorry for him being reminded of a lost love and having his heart-broken. But I guess you must have your heart-broken at some point to be able to love again?

It does keep you guessing and wondering if anything is going to break her constant age and that she will resume the ageing process. I obviously won’t spoil if this happens or not, but it certainly will make you think about it. What would you do if you had unlimited time. It turned out Adaline took the time to learn many languages as one of her time killing things.

It does have a little charm and was a good idea, but be warned it does feel slow at times too. But if you can deal with that I am sure you will enjoy this one.

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  1. I thought it was fine. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. I thought the narration was awful because it tried to take the magic away from it. But the cast is good and it is watchable.

    1. That’s a very good point about the narration, I’d totally forgot about that! I also didn’t love or hate it, just fine like you said 🙂

  2. The narration wasn’t needed but it did manage to set it up as a fantasy. Like someone reading a book to you. I loved this movie for sticking to its simple storylines of love and relationships against an unusual challenge. It had some very funny moments and some sad ones that really engaged the audience I was in. Maybe I’ve just gotten bored with unbelievable Hollywood car chases and crazy superheroes. This movie has a very human touch and is well made. Bravo.

    1. I thought the narration took the fantasy out of the story. It tried to explain the magic with science which was silly and really distracting

  3. I’m going to have to disagree. I really did not like this film. Personally I found Harrison Ford felt really out of place (though I will give credit that they actually managed to find an actor who could convincingly play a young Harrison Ford for the flashbacks). It was a really good idea and it seemed to have a lot of promise… until Ellis showed up. I did not like Ellis at all, and he actually seemed like a creepy stalker. I’d say Adaline was completely in the right to ditch him after he’d relentlessly harassed her at the party, followed her to he workplace, and then got her address behind her back, then I wanted to yell at the screen when Adaline’s daughter tells her to go back to him because he’s a good guy and I’m thinking “no he isn’t”.

    It felt like they were going the 50 Shades of Gray route here, and the fact that this is a thing sickens me. Why is it that there seems to be a new trend of making romance movies which try to portray a man who is obviously a horrible person as the perfect romantic partner? You’d think by 2015 people would know better.

    1. Oh wow you really didn’t like this film at all! I can understand what you mean though, those character traits of Ellis were not good at all. I think my overall thoughts of the film were that it was ok or quite good at times, but I don’t think I’ll waste any more time watching it again – if that makes any sense at all.

  4. Good review.. now if only it had Chuck Bass in it. ha! I personally was not a big fan of the film, as some of it..like the let’s fall in love during a 1 night stand within 24hrs.. oh looky my dad was your 1st love..was just a bit over the top for me. I liked the premise a lot..just as you said..they didn’t work it out well enough. Still with Chuck Bass in it..I might’ve thought differently..ha!

  5. Overall I enjoyed the film, and I didn’t mind the pacing. The voiceover and pseudo-science babble could have been cut – one aspect I enjoyed about “Benjamin Button” was it didn’t try to explain the why; it just happened. Blake Lively’s performance though more than compensates. The camera loves her and she communicates volumes with a look.

    1. That’s a good comparison to Benjamin Button and how they done something different but didn’t explain it. Glad you enjoined this one 🙂

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