The Age of Adaline Review

It’s no secret that I am a sucker for magical love stories, therefore I was hugely excited when I first heard of The Age of Adaline. Besides the fact that there are some great actors and actresses involved, the story sounded absolutely gorgeous and matter of factly time-less. After watching it, I can proclaim that I was not disappointed! There might be some minor Spoilers, but nothing that couldn’t have been discerned from the Trailer below. Nonetheless, if you want to watch the movie untainted, then I recommend coming back here after watching it!

So here are the basics:

Genre: Drama/Romance

Length: 112  minutes

Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Anthony Ingruber, Lynda Boyd, Richard Harmon, …

Director: Lee Toland Krieger 

The Age of Adaline is a movie about a young woman, who after having survived a car accident, ceases to age. Since she is married, the mother of a child and an integral part of a small community, it is not easy to hide her condition. Rather than focusing on government officials trying to catch her and use her for experiments (which is really only touched upon shortly), the film is an intimate portrait of how isolated ones life can become without any human attachments.

Usually, when it comes to movies like this, I don’t care if they are entirely logical. I thought Winter’s Tale was beautiful and that movie was certainly a lot, but not making sense. Hence, I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Age of Adaline had actual thought behind the change that happened to the main character. In fact, we were offered almost a scientific explanation.

It is widely known that I am not a huge fan of narrators, because, other than in Jane the Virgin, it can get rather annoying. Not so in The Age of Adaline! The narrator’s voice was calm and fitting to the pace of the movie. They didn’t overuse him, but rather accentuated important points of the stories with description coming from him.

We all know that Blake Lively is gorgeous, but I think she looks especially beautiful in this movie. I think the costume department has outdone themselves, making her look ravishing in every time period, while also giving her a certain retro-style. I’m so jealous, I wish I could have her wardrobe and stylist! In general, the changes with time were very well handled in terms of set decoration and fashion. Otherwise there were a couple of huge time jumps that left me curious as to what happened in between.

When it comes to the relationships in the movie, I thought that the mother-daughter relationship was specially notable. While it seemed like Flemming, Adaline’s daughter, was unfazed by her mother not aging, you see her relief in one of the final scenes, when she doesn’t have to keep it a secret any longer.
The romantic relationships were also all beautiful. I adore Michiel Huisman and I’m more than happy to see him in any movie or TV show, even if it’s only for the shortest amount of time. So, you can imagine how joyous I was to have him as a main character in this one. As Ellis Jones he was definitely a perfect fit, yet I was somewhat amazed when I felt myself rooting for his father (as played by Harrison Ford). To me, it felt like Adaline’s connection with Ellis’ father William was even deeper – in a way more magical.

All in all, I loved the look and feel of the movie, the whole love-can-conquer-all vibe. Also, I like the intellect of the story and the characters. Some things happen too fast, even though the pace of the film overall is pretty slow and calm. In the end, I very much appreciate that there weren’t any major special effects involved, but rather everything depended on the actors and actresses getting the feelings across.

Fazit: A lovely movie and a must-see for true romantics!

If any of you want to talk about it, I’d love to do so in the comments!

14 thoughts on “The Age of Adaline Review

  1. 🙂 I want to see this so badly. Can you believe that there’s no date for it to premiere here in Spain?! It’s showing in Portugal for some time now, but here? Nop… So glad you liked it, I can’t wait to go see it.

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    • It doesn’t come out until July in Austria either … I hate it when there are no worldwide day-to-date releases.
      I loved it! It’s one of those movies that’s really nice to watch and that just passes the time really quickly. I hope you’ll like it too! The music really adds to the magic of it all.

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      • I’m really excited about this. A friend of mine went to see it a while back and she wouldn’t shut up about it “oh, it’s so beautiful”, lol, I really hope i get to see it soon

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      • I hope so too! It IS beautiful!
        And I also hope that we didn’t heighten your expectations too much and that will lead to you not liking it now. I sometimes have that problem.

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      • with some movies yes, it happened to me with The Fault in our Stars – and I guess that’s why I still haven’t read the book… but I don’t think this will be a problem 🙂

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      • I know the feeling! I loved the book to bits and I almost knew it by heart when I watched it. I still liked it, but it didn’t have the emotional impact as the book did. It was very disappointing.

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      • so there’s hope yet that I’ll really enjoy the book… that’s good news!

        by the way, I’m already past midseason with both chicagos, the last episode I watched was Shay’s memorial, what a cry fest, so sad 😦

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      • Absolutely! I just hope this won’t repeat itself with Paper Towns, because I love that book as well.
        Oh my, I’m not sure when I started writing about the Chicagos … I think it was the midseason crossover (3×13/2×12 .. if I remember correctly?). I was always devastated when there were emotional scenes that had something to do with Shay. I still am not entirely okay with her being gone.

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      • what’s the best John Green book to you? I haven’t read any, I’m kind of intrigued by An Abundance of Katherines…

        I cried the whole episode, what a mess. I’m seriously mad about some stuff.

        First, still not OK that Dawson and Matt broke up – because I feel they never gave them a fair shot.

        Then Donna agrees to not give her name to the baby?! WTF? I wanted to slap Boden.

        I’m really glad that Jay and Erin hooked up, though I can see the troubles ahead.

        Really love Ruzek and Burgess, they’re so cute. But I don’t really like Roman, I feel like there’s something fishy about him…

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      • Everyone agrees that an Abundance of Katherines is the worst of them all :/ It wasn’t the most terrible book I’ve ever read, but it’s none his best work. I’ve found out that it really depends on whether you’ve read Looking for Alaska first or Paper Towns, as the main characters are very similar. The one people read first is mostly the one they like better. I started with Paper Towns.
        My John Green ranking is as follows:
        1. The Fault in Our Stars
        2. Paper Towns
        3. Looking for Alaska
        4. An Abundance of Katherines
        (I have not yet read Will Grayson, Will Grayson or Let it Snow)

        I’m kind of over the whole Dawsey thing .. it’s complicated and if you ever read my most recent Chicago Fire post you’ll know why. But it’s just .. it annoys me to be honest.
        Boden … I don’t always get him.
        Jay and Erin are so good together, it just never really works for very long …
        Burzek is the best!!!! Roman will eventually grow on you!

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      • Lol, i get that about dawsey, i’m just mas about the way it went down!!!

        Roman… Idk, we’ll see…

        So, what you’re saying is that tfios is the best? I guess i’ll start with that one, i already got it

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      • Oh, I didn’t like that either. That was just a slap in the face for the fans.

        I was dubious too, but Roman is a good guy and he really cares for Burgess (in a platonic way).

        I think that’s a good start. Especially if you already have it. Just don’t expect too much hahahaha

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