Writer: J Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz (Screenplay)
Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Lynda Boyd
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.
Tagline – The world has changed in the last century. Adaline has not
Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Nice Fantasy Romance
Story: The Age of Adaline starts in modern day where Adeline (Lively) goes by the name of Jenny looking to start a new life like she does every so many years because of the events in her life. We follow the life of Adaline from her first marriage and child, where she has an accident which stops her from aging past the age of 29.
When the modern time Adaline continues her meetings with her now elderly daughter Flemming (Burstyn) her life starts getting more difficult, first her daughter wants to move away, while Ellis Jones (Huisman) walks into her life with sparks flying, will she finally let someone else back in her life with her secret.
Thoughts on The Age of Adaline
Characters – Adaline Bowman was born in the early 1908, the year is now 2014 and she still looks 29-years-old, this is a result of an accident which bought her life to a dramatic twist, she will see her daughter grow old, while keeping her secret safe from the world, now encouraged to live her life, she meets a man she falls in love with which only makes things complicated once again. Ellis is the man that walks into the life of Adaline, to give her new hope to come out of hiding and to experience love once again. William is Ellis father that remembers Adaline from his younger life, he changes everything in her life when she wants to bring out the secret. Flemming is the daughter of Adaline, well the two know this, as she gets older she takes different roles in her life.
Performances – Blake Lively is great in this leading role of the film, she shows us just how her character wants to keep a secret from the world however much it hurts her. Michiel Huisman is strong in his role being his first leading role he does well, Harrison Ford might not turn up for an hour into the film and is solid enough as is Ellen Burstyn seemingly enjoying these roles of seeing her parents become younger than her.
Story – The story follows a young woman that has lived over 100 years and still is 29-years old, she has seen the events of the world from the shadows until now she lets someone in bring her secret to light. This comes into the lines of if you would be able to live forever would you be able to let people into your life. It shows what seems like eternal life breaking ones ability to enjoy life knowing the secret will get them chased down and with the overall narration of the film it does feel like it has elements of a fairy tale.
Fantasy/Romance – The fantasy side of the film comes from how Adaline become immortal, her accident is filled with the clichés for fantasy, the romance comes from needing to learn whether to let people back into your life after not letting anyone in.
Settings – The film does take place over the century, we get to see how things change and how Adaline adapts to each situation.
Final Thoughts – This is one of the fantasy romance films I do think people who are fans of the genre will enjoy, it gets the sweetness correct and asked the big question needed.
Overall: Romance delights.