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:
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!