A Beautiful Film without the Melodrama | Review of ‘The Age of Adaline’

By: Cynthia Ayala

The Age of Adaline starring Blake Lively Lionsgate Films

Adaline was born on the New Year in the 1920’s. She married, had a daughter and lost her husband in a terrible accident along the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. And one night, as she was driving to her parents house, where they were watching her daughter, she got into an accident on the cold and snowy night and died for exactly two minutes until lighting struck her car, jarring her back to life. Since then, Adaline hasn’t aged and has lived a life on the run from everything and everyone.

The Age of Adaline is simply lovely. Blake Lively is not only incredibly beautiful, but her acting ability, her ability to be both playful and mature at the same time. She acts older than her years, which is exactly the type of charisma this part requires. Lively also has the ability to keep the fear and loneliness very evident to the audience while keeping it her dark secret to the characters within the film.

But, as this is, in part, a romance film, love of course has found a way to make things complicated for Adaline. A typical love story dilemma that doesn’t detract from the film, even if some of the elements were a bit predictable. The predictability of some elements within the film were the only flaws within the film because as far as the story went, it was a very unique way to tell a love story, a story about finding love, losing fear, and finding hope.

It’s a very cohesive story, one that goes back and forth between time periods effortlessly. It builds the story and highlights the many adversities this character had to overcome, how she began living her life on the run and why she acts the way she does, so aloof. The fear is very evident in her portrayal of the character, inspiring sympathy from the audience while the romance, the fact that Adaline is allowing herself to connect to this one man, played by Michiel Huisman, inspires happiness on the part of the audience. He is her ticket back into the world, back into a world she has kept herself away from for so many decades.

The Age of Adaline was a beautiful film without being cheesy or melodramatic. The struggles she faces, the loneliness and the heartbreak she forces upon herself are all very good elements in this film, making it a standout film in the world of romance and fantasy. (★★ ½ [out of 4 ☆’s] | B+)

– Film Credits –

Directed by Lee Toland Krieger

Written by J. Mills Goodloe & Salvador Paskowitz

Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Harrison Ford & Ellen Burstyn

Narrated by Hugh Ross

Genre | Rating | Length: Romance, Fantasy, Drama | PG-13 | 1 hr. 53 min.

Distributed by Lionsgate Films

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