The Age of Adaline

Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger
Rating: C

When you can live forever, how do you escape from being caught and experimented on?

Adaline Bowman (Lively) has a rare condition set upon her in a freak accident, where she can’t age. Permanently stuck at the age of 29, Adaline must escape law enforcement, lovers, and curious citizens from finding out the truth. She vows to herself to move to a new town every ten years with a new identity. She has spent so much of her time running away that she hasn’t allowed herself to settle down with any special someones. She’s broken hearts, including her own, for the lifestyle she has chosen. Finally one day, she meets a man who might be worth exposing her truth to.

The Age of Adaline plays just like reading a book. An omniscient narrator starts and ends her story, which gives this movie the feeling like listening to a fairy tale. Adaline may look young but everything else about her screams an old soul. Her movements are slow and graceful, and she takes time to speak like every word she says is chosen carefully. She sounds like an old person because she is, but her mind is quick and her history knowledge is astounding.

When a young man called Ellis (Huisman) comes forcefully into her life she tries to discourage him, but eventually she lets her heart take over for once. Ellis is the kind of guy who doesn’t know when to give up. He stalks her, even appearing outside her apartment one night because she didn’t pick up the phone when he called. While his behavior is normally off-putting, it is excused for the sake of being a part of a romance movie. He tries to be sweet by cooking her dinner and buying her flowers, even donating a rare collection of books to the library she works at. Yet, besides his good looks and the fact that he’s rich, Ellis is a character that should creep women out. And Adaline still goes out with him.

For a romance, The Age of Adaline is sadly predictable. The story is just interesting enough to be a redeeming quality because like movies such as The Time Travelers Wife, or About Time, or even The Notebook, it is still a sweet romance movie. This movie will be more of an appeal for the ladies who enjoy movies about a lovesick young man and a woman who warms up to him.


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