December’s review is on The Age of Adaline (PG-13), which came out in theaters in April, 2015, and on DVD in September. My sister-in-law told me about the movie because its premise of how a woman copes with unexpected, perpetual youth is similar to that of my (as-yet-unpublished) book.
The story, written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, hooked me and kept me wanting to know more. While the exact mechanism that caused Adeline’s youth is glossed over, I nonetheless bought into it. Only after the movie was over did I realize I’d expected to experience more events of the twentieth century from Adaline’s perspective. Still, I quite enjoyed seeing another take on the concept of staying young. What would happen to your relationships with family and friends and especially the loves of your life if they grew old while you didn’t change at all?
My favorite quote from the movie takes place when Adaline is talking to Flemming, her daughter.
Flemming: Remember that? 1954, I was a junior in college. That’s the last photo I have of you.
Adaline Bowman: Well, you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all.
A coincidence in the plot left me feeling a tiny bit cheated. Nevertheless, I was totally won over by the portrayal of Adaline by Blake Lively, who comes across as unflappable, wonderfully wise beyond her years, and with the enigmatic aura I’d expect of someone who’s experienced a lot more than she’s admitting. Ellen Burstyn, Michiel Huisman, and Harrison Ford are also totally convincing.
Who would like The Age of Adaline
I’d recommend the movie to people who enjoy an entertaining story about ageing and immortality. Because of a sad scene and some language, I’d advise parents against showing it to children under sixteen or so. The cast alone makes me give the movie four stars. Okay, so I’m a Harrison Ford fan. Because of this movie, I’ve also become a Blake Lively fan.
Posted on December 1, 2015