Review: Age of Adaline

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Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford
Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger
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Grade A-

“The Age of Adaline” is a bittersweet mix of mystery, humor, and tender moments. Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) is a bright and sophisticated woman, full of surprising talents who gently pulls at your heartstrings the entire movie. She miraculously stops aging after a car accident in a freak California snow storm – all explained in full scientific detail by an out-of-place narrator. Every decade she moves and changes her identity, steering clear of forming any personal relationships that could expose her secret.

Blake Lively pulls off the part beautifully with the perfect grace of an old soul. If nothing else, this movie proves Lively can pull off the fashion of any era. Her wardrobe evolves through the decades, as you seen in the film, but come present day it still has an overall classy, vintage theme which contributes to the history of the character.

While her personal story is unrealistic and more fitting a comic book character, the majority of the film is rather ordinary, with the most dramatic event in her personal life being the death of her dog. Only after that does she open up to the charming Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) and eventually let herself fall in love with him.

Past meets present when Adaline encounters William (Harrison Ford), her lover from decades before, who is clearly still captivated by her timeless charm. The drama really ensues as Adaline is forced to choose between running or facing her past and exposing her secret.

What sets this movie apart is the plot. There aren’t too many “frozen in this biological moment” movies out there with a strong actress like Blake Lively which makes this an instant classic. Overall, let’s just say you can expect the name Adaline to spike on popular baby girl names in the next year or two.

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