Title: The Age of Adaline (2015)
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Writers: J. Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz
Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, and Amanda Crew
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Running Time: 112 minutes
Languages: English, Portuguese, Italian
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a suggestive comment
Production Companies: Lakeshore Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Distributed by: Lionsgate
Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has miraculously remained a youthful 29 years of age for nearly eight decades, never allowing herself to get close to anyone lest they discover her secret. However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reawakens Adaline’s long-suppressed passion for life and romance. When a weekend with Ellis’ parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.
The Age of Adaline took the idea of immortality and brought it in new ways. Usually, when we said immortality, we would think of vampire who can’t die and live for a long time. From a horror story such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula or a romance fantasy like Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. However, unlike those stories, The Age of Adaline made the idea of immortality sweeter than a vampire story. It’s more of scientific rather than supernatural beings. Blake Lively played the role of Adaline Bowman, a woman whose physical appearance didn’t change for 107 years. She kept looking like 29 years old after her accident and she was struck by thunder. It’s quite confusing at first—about the whole immortality thing in this film, but that’s what made this film unique. It’s a fantasy, packaged in a romance story. A little bit of science was added in the explanation but nothing too science to make this film more like a sci-fi film. Blake Lively played her role really well. All were supported with her beautiful looks and her wise and elegant gesture. She is the perfect actress to play this role. I think she succeeds at making all the audiences dropped their jaw because of her timeless beauty. Yep, quite exaggerating. But let me tell you, Blake Lively is really gorgeous and absolutely beautiful and sexy.
Blake Lively played her role really well. All were supported with her beautiful looks and her wise and elegant gesture. She is the perfect actress to play this role. I think she succeeds at making all the audiences dropped their jaw because of her timeless beauty. Yep, quite exaggerating. But let me tell you, Blake Lively is really gorgeous and absolutely beautiful and sexy. I can’t imagine someone else played the character of Adaline Bowman. I don’t hate Katherine Heigl, but if she really did play the role, Adaline wouldn’t look this gorgeous. Natalie Portman would be a different story but still, there’s something about Blake Lively that feels right for Adaline Bowman. So I’m glad they turned down the role and Blake Lively was cast instead.
Ellen Burstyn usually played the role of a mother but now she played the role of a daughter. Not a first time, though, since she has done it in Interstellar (2014). In Interstellar (2014), she also played the role of a daughter who grew old while her parents did not. Just like when she played the role of Blake Lively’s daughter in this film. Ellen Burstyn played the character of Flemming, Adaline Bowman’s daughter, who like any other human can grow old. However, her mother didn’t grow older and therefore still looks really young even though she is already 107 years old. So when Flemming looks like a grandmother, her mother looks like her granddaughter instead. It’s pretty interesting to see how Ellen Burstyn can act like the daughter even though in real life she is definitely more of a mother type and Blake Lively looks perfect acting as a mother. So yeah, it’s great to see them changing roles and they did it in a great way. Harrison Ford, of course, is no doubtful a great actor after all. He doesn’t need words to explain his feeling. We can all see in his facial expression and his eyes. As for Michiel Huisman, his British accent left no trace in this film. You won’t expect him to be British because all you heard is American accent. At least that’s how I heard of him.
“I mean a future together, growing old together. Without that, love is, uh… it’s just heartbreak.” – Adaline Bowman
The costume designer did a great job though sometimes I found a costume from the 1970s looks the same as 2015. Not the same look, but the same style. But at least, the makeup and the hairstyle told me otherwise. What can I say, sometimes old fashion can become trending again, right? Well, Blake Lively, on the other hand, looks dashing in every era. Seriously. She’s just so beautiful. She has that charisma that will actually make people fall in love with her. She is really beautiful. While the makeup, costume, and hairstyle are all good, the story itself is simple yet still romantic in so many ways. I didn’t expect the connection between her love interest, Ellis Jones, played by Michiel Huisman, and Harrison Ford’s character. Nor do I expect the connection between Adaline Bowman and Harrison Ford’s character. I think that fits the whole story and pretty much very interesting.
Overall, The Age of Adaline is a good film with a good story. Blake Lively looks amazing and so does the other cast. I really love this film.
I give The Age of Adaline 9 out of 10 stars.