ABC Film Challenge – Romance – A – The Age of Adaline (2015)

Director: Lee Toland Krieger

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.

PerformancesBlake 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.

StoryThe 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/RomanceThe 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.

SettingsThe film does take place over the century, we get to see how things change and how Adaline adapts to each situation.


Scene of the Movie –
The truth comes out.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It seems strange pushing your son to marry a woman you once had a summer fling with.

Final ThoughtsThis 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.

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Justin Long Weekend – Accepted (2006)

Director: Steve Pink

Writer: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Mark Perez (Screenplay)

Starring: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Adam Herschman, Columbus Short, Maria Thayer, Lewis Black

 

Plot: A high school slacker who’s rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.


Tagline – When every college turned them down. . . they made one up.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Fun

 

Story: Accepted starts when serial slacker Bartleby (Long) fails to get accepted into any colleges when his high school run concludes. Bartleby isn’t the only one that lost his chance to go college, he decides to join Sherman (Hill) and Daryl (Short) in creating a fake college South Harmon Institute of Technology.

To make his parents believe this is a real college, he works with his friends to refurbish a building to be a college, only for the college to take off having numerous students turn up leading to a battle with the local real college.

 

Thoughts on Accepted

 

Characters – Bartleby is the student at high school everyone turns to for fake ids, he is a slacker at heart, not knowing where he wants to go and getting rejected by all the colleges that he applied to. To keep his parents happy, he creates a college only for everything to get out of hand he needs to use his quick-thinking ideas to keep the cover on. Sherman is the only one of the group of friends that did get into the college he wanted, he helps Bartleby get the college up and running while trying to keep everything in his own future together. Monica is the love interest for Bartleby, always been the girl that he dreams off, she has her own passion, which her college isn’t going to give her. We get plenty of characters that are struggling to find their place in the next stages of their life and the rich students who get into college without any problems.

PerformancesThis movie has a big cast of actors that would be great picks for any teen comedy in the early 2000s. Justin Long takes the leading role and he is great because the character he plays is the one we are seeing him play a lot. Jonah Hill gets good laughs from his role, but this is before he transformed his comedy to hit more often. Blake Lively is a good love interest for the film, the whole supporting cast does well through the film.

StoryThe story is about one student that creates a fake college to cover up the fact he never got accepted into any college and things get out of hand. The story is told in a comic tone, even though it does tackle the serious problem school students face when it comes to the end of their run, before college, what happens if they don’t make it, what if they do make it and can’t handle the pressure. In fairness the telling of the story is done well for a teen comedy and is easily one that can be enjoyed by the fans of the genre.

ComedyThe comedy in this film does work for the most part, it is mostly teen comedy material which is fine to enjoy.

SettingsThe film is a college set movie, it gives an idea of creativity the characters will be facing.


Scene of the Movie –
The case.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t get enough focus on why so many students got rejected from other colleges.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the fun modern college movie, it tells an important message about dealing with the added pressure of college life.

 

Overall: One for the teen comedy movies.

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The Shallows (2016)

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: Anthony Jaswinski (Screenplay)

Starring: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge

 

Plot: A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Shark Attack Movie

 

Story: The Shallows starts as we follow American tourist Nancy (Lively) who goes out alone for a day of surfing in what is beautiful coastal resort of Mexico. The holiday is for Nancy to recover in her own way over her mother’s death, Nancy is taking a small break from her medical school studies to figure out her own future much to her father’s (Cullen) concern.

Going out for one final wave Nancy finds the corpse of a whale drawing the attention of other sea life including a great white shark which attacks her, leaving a nasty bite mark up her leg. Nancy finds herself stranded close to shore but too far away to make it to safety.

 

Thoughts on The Shallows

 

Characters/PerformanceNancy is a tourist giving up time from her studies to experience the world after her mother’s death. She is a surfer at heart and this puts her into the position of needing to fight to survive once she gets attacked by a great white shark, sure it helps that he is studying medicine because she can ease her injuries.

Performance wise, this is one film carried by the solo actress with Blake Lively showing she can lead a survival against a shark by engaging us for the whole film.

StoryThe story here is very simple, it is one woman trying to survive after a shark attack with nowhere to swim, it is all simple and effective for the story telling process.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror is great because it puts us into a real-life situation of a surfer getting attacked by a shark and we are kept on edge through the whole film.

SettingsThe setting is also simple and works for the film, a small isolated location for our leading character who needs to fight for her life.

Special Effects – The effects when it comes to looking at the shark look fantastic and you would be left question if this was even a real or CGI shark throughout.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that shows just how simple you can make a movie making process, you need to create a simple idea of being stranded with a deadly threat that can keep us on edge throughout.

 

Overall: A Must watch shark attack movie.

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The Town (2010)

logoDirector: Ben Affleck

Writer: Peter Craig, Ben Affleck, Aaron Stockard (Screenplay) Chuck Hogan (‘Prince Of Thieves’ Novel)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Slaine, Owen Burke, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper

 

Plot: Welcome to Charlestown a place with the highest number of bank robberies in the world. Robbers Doug (Affleck), James (Renner), Albert (Slaine) and Desmond (Burke) do a job which runs smoothly but when James takes it into his own hands he takes a hostage Claire (Hall). After discovering she lives in the town things start to get complicated. FBI S.A. Adam Frawley (Hamm) is in hot pursuit on the robbers as well as Doug having to split in Fergie (Postlethwaite) the local crime lord.

 

The Team

The Team

Doug trying to make up for her kidnapping strikes up an unusually relationship with Claire, which could end up causing him and his team problems if they want to go onto any new jobs. Doug trying to get out of the business and town agrees to one more job, but Fergie won’t let him walk away until the job is done and the trigger happy James could stop his plans to escape the life of crime.

 

Verdict: Slow Moving Crime Thriller

 

Story: A lot of films that are based on similar content are only about the cat and mouse chase between the good guy leader of the crimes and the determined authority figure chasing him down. This part is similar the leader of the crime unit will follow rules and won’t let people get hurt but has to deal with a hot head who will. Adding the romantic relationship between a victim and criminal works to its advantage showing how he really is stuck in a situation because of the neighbourhood. This is a very interesting story that does follow traditional themes but comes off very well. (9/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Ben Affleck: Doug the leader of the criminal unit that ends up in a relationship that could end his criminal career as well as putting his life and friends lives at risk. Good performance from Affleck who managed both leading and directing the film. (9/10)

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Rebecca Hall: Claire the bank manager who ends up being taken hostage and while dealing with what happened meets Doug who keeps a few secrets about how they really met. Good performance from Rebecca in what is a growing reputation in Hollywood. (8/10)

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Jon Hamm: FBI S.A. Adam Frawley who is on the case trying to find out who is reasonable for the robbery and once he sniffs a bone he just won’t let up. Good performance playing the determined authority very well. (8/10)

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Jeremy Renner: James Doug’s old friend who is more tripper happy than Doug which is what causes everything to start going wrong for the team, but he goes out the way he wanted too. Oscar nominated performance here; Jeremy is solid and perfectly reflecting difference to Doug. (9/10)

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Director Review: Ben Affleck – Great direction showing that Ben’s future is behind the camera, this was his second feature film direction and it shows how he has grown and learnt. This led to his Oscar winning film Argo. (9/10)

 

Crime: The organised crime all feels authentic and the authority works to make everything piece together. (9/10)

Drama: Solid drama that gives each character a chance to develop as the story unfolds. (9/10)

Thriller: With the heists going on you really get into them wanting to know who will make it out. (9/10)

Settings: set in Charlestown makes everything have a very touching unity. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one to watch, it could be the best crime thriller of the modern era. It has everything for all fans so sit and enjoy. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The heists

Worst Part: Slightly stereotyped characters.

Action Scene Of The Film: The second heist car chase.

Kill Of The Film: James

Believability: The heists have a good believable feel about them, but the overall story is harder to believe. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for One Oscar

Box Office: $154,026,136

Budget: $37 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

Tagline: Welcome to the bank robbery capital of America.

 

Overall: Modern Day Crime Masterpiece

Rating 90