A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into. (IMDB)
Writers: J. Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Stars: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford
Run time/Rating: 112 Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn
I’ve always been fascinated with movies that question the usual passing of time and age, if there ever comes a time when the passing of time does not bring on an older age for humans it would most certainly come with positives and negative effects. We get to experience some of these effects in The Age of Adaline which is about a woman who was born in the early 1900’s and her inability to age after experiencing a super natural car crash in her young 20’s.
Adeline is forced to a life of solitude as the years pass and she stays the same age. In order to keep her secret from the authorities who would most certainly classify her a witch or an alien, every decade or so she is forced to reinvent her identity, move from city to city. She will forever be unable to love or become attached to anyone. The only person alive who knows her secret is her daughter, Flemming, from before her accident who over time is forced to act as her mother’s “friend”, “sister”, and ultimately her “mother” as Flemming herself ages.
It is not until New Year’s Eve, present day, when a handsome man pursues her and despite her innitial attempts she can no longer resist love. The movie is very romantic from here on out. It is heavy handed and gag inducing at times but all around enjoyable for a light love story, albeit a cosmic one. It has an engaging enough theme to keep it above the standard romantic fare. This would have to be classified as more of a romantic/drama, heavy on the romantic nature. It has twists that are actually shocking if not extremely unlikely – even working within the unlikely framework of someone who does not age.
The movie is gorgeous on the eyes both with Blake Lively’s classic beauty as well as its polished finish. It’s supernatural and timeless theme is accented in the classic gloss on the film. The biggest detractor of the story is the detailed and unnecessary explanation of the car accident attempting to explain how she has become the way she is. A lengthy and convoluted scientific explanation is not needed when it is completely impossible to begin with and when you have an engaging enough story in place that the audience will happily extend their belief to enjoy. In a surprising but welcomed appearance, Harrison Ford gives a performance unlike most others he is famously known for but equally as great as when he was at his best. He delivers one of the most heartwarming lines in the movie when he is toasting his long time wife with the following words I will end with to show the small bits of greatness that can be found in this charming movie.
…First of all, thanks for being here. Kathy and I, we’re really grateful that you could be here. It means a lot to us that you would be here to help us celebrate the first… First 40 years of our marriage.
When I first met this lovely lady, back in the olden days, I had… I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do in my job, but I didn’t really know what I wanted to be as a man, when I grew up. If I ever grew up.
But the commitment that she made, to our marriage and our family, to me, the quality of her love led me to understand that I could have no greater ambition in life than to be the best possible husband I could be for her. And I’m still working on it.
So, here’s to Kathy, love of my life, mate of my soul, mother of my lovely children. To Kathy.