Well I finally managed to go and see the latest romantic movie to hit cinemas across Australia, The Age of Adaline, and I loved it! Blake Lively was fabulous and portrayed her character’s life throughout the many decades rather convincingly. Michiel Huisman was gorgeous, like that was going to be difficult for him, and Harrison Ford was wonderful. In fact Harrison was so wonderful that you really felt the depth of emotions throughout the movie, at times I just wanted to give him a great big hug.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, The Age of Adaline is about a young woman’s life that was forever changed after a car accident during an unexpected snowstorm. The car tumbles down the steep descent, coming to rest in a deep ravine submerging Adaline’s body in freezing water temperatures. A magical lightning bolt and Adaline’s body came back to life, however she soon discovered the accident left her forever “immune to the ravages of time”.
After the government was made aware of something unnatural occurring to Adaline’s body, she spent the next 80 years on the run. Constantly moving and afraid to maintain any long-term relationships, Adaline’s life was a solitary existence only made bearable by her daughter and a small handful of friends she was able to hold close to her heart.
But as we all know, life has a way of throwing a curve ball, and for Adaline it came in the form of tall, dark and handsome young philanthropist Ellis Jones (Huisman). Naturally enough she tries to push him away, but Ellis is tenacious and won’t take no for an answer. And thank goodness for that, through his attention and care Adaline once again embraces life and embracing her new life-long adventure with the young businessman. After a weekend away to Ellis’s parents country home, Adaline is once again forced to face her immortality and the choices she has made in her life.
Even though the script was lacking, Blake Lively gives a very convincing performance of a woman whose life was forever changed. You can relate to her circumstance and feel her pain at having to constantly change her identity so the FBI can’t find her, while watching over her ageing daughter. You can see and feel how lonely she is. She would like nothing more to have a meaningful relationship but how can she do that? How can she love a man who will only question her youth as the years go by?
I wont give away what happened in the end, but honestly I was expecting more. It was a case of – ‘that was it’? It was still moving and emotional but I was left feeling a bit….flat!?! If it wasn’t for the great acting from the main characters I would have been annoyed. It wasn’t that the movie was built up for more to happen, its just that you would think more needed to happen to reach its conclusion. But you will just have to go and see it now, wont you!?! If you have seen it, please leave a comment, I would love to know your thoughts.
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