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The Age of Adaline (2015): Movie Review

Synopsis

Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has miraculously remained a youthful 29 years of age for nearly 8 decades, never allowing herself to get close to anyone lest they discover her secret. However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michael Huisman) reawakens Adaline’s long-suppressed passion for life and romance. When a weekend with Ellis’ parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.

Characters

Adaline Bowman | played by Blake Lively

The woman who remained 29 years old due to the struct of lightning in a car accident

Ellis Jones | played by Michiel Huisman

The man who pursued a love interest in Adaline without knowing her secret. They eventually become a couple.

William Jones | played by Harrison Ford

He’s the father of Ellis that was very surprised to see Adaline in the person of Jenny. (But of course, they are the same person)

Flemming Prescott | played by Ellen Burstyn

The daughter of Adaline Bowman and her secret keeper

Settings

  • University Library
  • Underground Museum
  • Ellis Apartment
  • Ellis Family House
  • Restaurant
  • Adaline’s Apartment
  • San Francisco

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Critique

Age of Adaline revolves around the story of the peculiar case of Adaline Bowman who happens to stay at the age of 29. It can be categorized in a fictional fantasy romance genre where our heroine struggles in solving her condition while finding love in between.

Stunning Blake Lively

never age ; source: chronicles of faith

We need an actress with timeless beauty playing the character Adaline Bowman. I believe they made the right choice of casting Blake Lively for this role. Her class, poise, and femme appeal since Gossip Girl are one of my measures of beauty. She nailed the fashion in every era for this film, I mean she can live in any generation and still be an eye-catching beauty. Excuse me for being bias. lol.

Be Forever Young with Lightning

I must remind you that this film is only fiction. There is no proven scientific basis that a strike of lightning can help humans not age. In the 21st century, most people are obsessed to still find that fountain of youth but now more in the method of medical prescription of pills, diet, and plastic surgery. Most ladies would love to be like Adaline Bowman.

Though this kind of plot is nothing new, I watched the Goblin, a k-drama, when the protagonist is having the same dilemma of not aging but because of the cursed sword. A more classic example is a story about vampires, which contributes to much literature ever since. The bottomline is we are in conflict when we go against the nature of life such as escaping death and be forever young. Like Adaline, she changes her identity from time to time in order to continue living in the pretense of being normal. Exploring the possibilities and resolving this issue is the most interesting thing in watching the film.

Chronological Narrative

The production design for the Age of Adaline film is commendable from using Ford Falcon 1960 cars, 1980s velour dress to Manilyn Monroes haircut. Yes, I was pretty convinced that my eyes are also time traveling while watching the sequence of this chronological narrative.

Blake Lively Age of Adaline 2015
Adaline lover in 2015; photo source: ABC News

The idea also of connecting this past lover to her present lover did surprise me in the end. As you progress in the story, you will be emotionally attached to our heroine and hopes that she gets the normal life and love she deserves as a resolution of this strange situation she endured for almost 8 decades.

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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12 Comments

  1. Oh yeah…… I’ve watched this movie before. It’s a very interesting one. Thank you for sharing your review with me.

    1. Yes, Fadima. It is an interesting and inspiring movie. 😀

  2. Sounds as if you enjoyed it so definitely worth looking at.

    1. Yes Jamie. I’ve enjoyed watching it with its interesting plot. Hope you can watch it too.

  3. Interesting synopsis – I will have to check out the movie.

    1. Hello Flash Mama! Thanks for reading my post. Yes, one interesting synopsis to watch. 😀

  4. Great review! Thank you for sharing this film! I’ve never watched it but it sounds so interesting so I will check it out! I also love Blake Lively as well!

    1. Thanks for that! True, this is so interesting and especially you love Blake Lively! 😀

  5. I’ve not seen this movie but it’s definitely within the genres I usually enjoy (it must have slipped through my movie watching radar). I like the premise of it (reminds me a bit of Forever Young, which I also enjoy). I haven’t watched many films with Blake Lively in them so I need to make a point of doing this! Thanks for the review!

    1. Haha! Oh, Molly, I like that phrase ..” slipped through my movie watching radar”.
      Reading this film review is a sign for you to watch. <3

  6. This is interesting! I love fiction movies even though it’s not real but it’s good to imagine it haha. Thank you for sharing this awesome review!

    Fransic – https://www.querianson.com/

    1. Hello Fransic! Glad you like the review. Thanks!

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