Review: The age of Adaline “The movie is as timeless as Adaline”
From its premise The Age of Adaline, directed by Lee Toland Krieger, may seem like a fantasy filled romance in which the titular character’s ability to stay young for 8 decades is far-fetched. However the approach taken to explain Adaline Bowman’s (Blake Lively) magical age stopping miracle was far from anything magical. The intelligent scientific explanation from the narrator was so informative and well thought, eluding that this science is to be discovered in 2030, that you don’t even doubt for a second that this isn’t some how possible.
Lively brings such a charm and warmth to the character, allowing us to believe that this 29-year-old woman has lived a much longer life. From her speech to her mannerisms, we get the sense that this is someone who has seen and experienced much in her life. Lively manages to convey a great amount of sadness in her expression while still holding a smile, a sadness Adaline must keep hidden from almost everyone she ever meets.
We see how Adaline’s life panned out before she stopped aging, seeing a transition through time in San Francisco, which was completely believable, through costuming and effects. We learn that Adaline was born New Years Day 1908. We are told how she married and gave birth to a daughter, Flemming before losing her husband to an accident on the Golden Gate Bridge. One night however a phenomenon happened, causing it to unexpectedly snow that results in the events that leave Adaline unable to age.
The beauty of this movie is that it is as timeless as the titular character herself. The Age of Adaline does not try to fit into today’s trends and follow the movie formula we expect to see. The movie dares to be brave and doesn’t rush parts of the movie to keep a specific pace up. This for me was what really allowed me to fall in love with this movie. The amazing cinematography by David Lanzenberg is absolutely breath-taking. From the city shots to the forest scenery it completely immerses you into the beautiful story. Just like the costuming and make-up, all the small details that create this movie are outstanding.
What got me the most were the relationships Adaline has throughout the movie. There are particularly heart-warming scenes with Adaline and her daughter Flemming (Ellen Burstyn), who unlike her mother, has succumbed to the effects of time. Some of the exchanges between the two are as beautiful as they are deeply poignant. Another beautiful relationship within the movie is between Adaline and her dog which again is as touching as it is sweet, to which I admit there was not a dry eye in the cinema, however I was the only one in the cinema.
The chemistry between Adaline and Ellis (Michiel Huisman) is fresh and fun. We see Ellis try his best to win over Adaline and we get to see how she deals with letting go and allowing herself to get close to someone, something she has not allowed herself to do for a very long time.
Other notable mention of this film is the stunning soundtrack by Rob Simonson. The soundtrack really amplifies the emotions and atmospheres within the movie which once again engulfs you.
The Age of Adaline is a movie that really took me by surprise and left quite the imprint. Triggering a lot of thoughts and emotions it is a movie I would gladly go pay to see again.