Last week a friend who really wanted to see The Age of Adaline dragged me out to our little two screen local movie theatre. We had pop and chocolate and popcorn and the best seats in the house. It was a wonderful break from stress and worrying!
This movie reminded me of a modern twist of the Disney movie Tuck Everlasting, which was itself based on a classic children’s book, with reversed gender roles. Adaline (played by the elegant Blake Lively) was the young woman who didn’t age. At 108 years old, she still appeared to be 29.
To protect herself, she has made a rule that she never stays in one place longer than a decade before moving on and most importantly, she never falls in love. She broke that rule once and it devastated both parties. But now it is the modern-day and she falls in love with a new man who is determined to not let her run away.
The Age of Adaline is a romantic movie and plays out very well on-screen. It was sweet, and elegant. I really liked how they explained her sudden stop in aging in a scientific fashion, rather than trying to add the mystical into a film otherwise grounded in reality. The beginning and end of the film mirrored each other as well, a style of production that I am currently in love with.
I thought that all the actors (especially Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman and Harrison Ford) did a really good job with this film. It was beautifully acted. My only complaint was that I did find it to be very predictable. Nothing surprised me. That said, knowing what was coming didn’t ruin the movie at all and as I said, it is very similar to Tuck Everlasting so the story felt familiar as it played out.
If you are looking for a romantic, soft film, this is the one for you.
* * * * *