Film Review: ‘The Age of Adaline’ proves that a good love story never ages

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Tait Longhi, Staff Writer

With its mixture of romance, drama, and thrills, “The Age of Adaline” is definitely a must-see movie. Blake Lively is captivating, not solely because of her classic beauty, but also because of her strong performance. With its interesting storyline and fascinating characters, “The Age of Adaline” will keep you on the edge of your seats.

At the age of 29, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) is in a car accident, and through a series of perplexing events, suddenly is unable to age after that point. From that point on, she is forced to live her life under different aliases for decades to come.

While the plot is completely unrealistic, the connection the viewer has with the characters brings this impossible phenomenon to life. Harrison Ford, playing William Jones, the father of Adeline’s love interest Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), delivers a convincing and loving performance, as he slowly tries to piece together the mystery of Adaline.

The film has plenty of twists and turns, including a unexpected love triangle spanning 40 years, it keeps you interested and keeps your attention.

Going into the movie, I tried not to have too high of expectations. However, the cinematography was surprisingly good, and the script was better than expected. The attention to detail, like Adaline’s wardrobe, also gives the character some authenticity. She always seems to be dressed in mid-1960s attire, giving the film a classy, old school vibe.

In addition the cinematography, script, and characters, director Lee Toland Krieger works the most compelling aspect of the film, the personal aspect draws the audience in. The idea that your mother can remain 29, while you continue to age, eventually having to pretend to be her grandmother is a concept that is deeply moving.

Overall, this is a film you should definitely see, either in the theatre, or when it is released on DVD/on demand. Since I went in with lower expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by this film because of the performances and the construction of the film. This film is perfect to go to with just about anyone, on a date, with a group of friends, or even with your family.

“The Age of Adaline”
Our Grade: A
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romantic Drama
Length: 112 minutes
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn