Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Movie Review: THE AGE OF ADALINE

Last night, Collin and I attended an advance screening of The Age of Adaline. Looks like our movie jinx is still very much in effect, though not quite as bad as the tornado that so rudely interrupted Captain America: The Winter Soldier or the freak lightning storm that stranded us after Guardians of the Galaxy...but still a pain in the backside. We had dinner at TGI Fridays. I ordered the Endless Apps. Appetizers--light meal, right? Wrong. First came the loaded potato skins. I took one look at that huge plate and decided maybe I should have gone with a salad. A small salad. The apps were delicious...but getting to try everything isn't going to happen if you can't get through the first round!

I damaged the shoulder strap on my new bag and the band on my favorite watch. Not off to a good start. The movie, I decided, had better be good.

It was.





The Age of Adaline opens in present day San Francisco, with a young woman (Blake Lively) buying fake ID and reprimanding the maker for using his talents in an endeavor that could land him in prison. She then return to her job as a librarian, where a co-worker delivers some old newsreels to her. She watches them alone, and it's here that her backstory is told.


Adaline Bowman was born in San Francisco in 1908 and led a fairly normal life until she was in her twenties. She met and married an engineer working on the construction of the Golden Gate bridge, had a daughter, and became a widow when her husband is killed in an accident on the job. Everything changes for her one night in 1929 as she's driving alone. For the first time in recorded history, it begins to snow in Sonoma County. Adaline loses control of her car on the slick road and crashes. The car ends up underwater, and the narrator explains the process of hypothermia and impending death Adaline experiences. Then, something else extraordinary occurs: the car in which she's trapped is struck by lightning, jumpstarting her heart, saving her life...and somehow halting the normal aging process.

As the years pass, Adaline finds it increasingly difficult to explain her appearance. In one scene, she's stopped by a police officer who can't believe she's 45. When she's approached by two men who identify themselves as federal agents and she narrowly manages to escape, she realizes she has to assume a new identity every few years to avoid suspicion. This forces her to hide her true relationship with her daughter--who now looks older than her mother.


For Adaline, the decades that follow are lonely. She can't have lasting relationships, can't let herself fall in love--until she meets a dashing young philanthropist, Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) who won't take no for an answer at a New Year's Eve party. Adaline soon finds herself falling in love. Her daughter, now an elderly woman (Ellen Burstyn) about to move into a retirement home, urges her to allow herself happiness. Adaline recalls the last time she let down her defenses and how painful it was to have to end it. She knows this can't end well, but can't bring herself to end things with Ellis.


Adaline seems to have finally found that happiness with Ellis, until someone from her past  (Harrison Ford, excellent in a surprisingly minor role) recognizes her. Will the truth destroy her? I recommend you see The Age of Adaline and find out. It's a great date movie. It will make you rethink whether or not you'd really want to live forever. As for all of you looking for the magic formula to stop the aging process, well, don't try this at home, okay?

The Age of Adaline stars Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn and Amanda Crew; directed by , written by Salvador Paskowitz, Allison Burnett, J. Mills Goodloe.


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    1. I think this is a movie you'd like, Eve.

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  2. That sounds like a marvelous concept to begin with, and your review makes it all the more so. I'll look for this one when it turns up here.

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    1. It's definitely the kind of story I like because it's different, unusual.

      I know you're not a fan of Blake Lively, but I thought she was really good in it. And I'll watch Harrison Ford in anything!

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  3. i jumped over because of William there above - saw his tweet on twitter & i thought you were going to rant on the movie, or maybe i should say i was worried it was going to be a bad movie or what not - i have it on my to see list & so happy to see you loved it. I saw the preview recently, can't wait for it to come on Amazon or even Netflix. ( :

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    1. I loved it--and my son, who's not into "chick flicks," says he enjoyed it as well. I definitely plan to see it again.

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  4. I was going to see this till I found out Blake Lively was in it.
    What a wast of longevity.
    If i see it I will wait till it shows up on late night TV.
    Maybe.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. She's really good in it. I think for most actors, it's a question of whether the role is right for them.

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  5. I am so behind on movies….

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    1. We used to go to the movies a couple of times a week, but now that we have streaming, we watch 90% of the movies we want to see on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. I wish all new releases would go directly to streaming.

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  6. I would have taken the appetizers, too, and done my best to try them all! How did you damage your straps on your bag and watch? I hope you didn't fall down!

    Nice review, BTW!

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    1. I can't put away that much food anymore. I wish they would have just given me a mix the first time around! Collin, on the other hand, ate dinner and bought a slider combo during the movie!

      As for the damages...I walk with a cane, and on the bad days I'm pretty clumsy. That's why I don't go out without Collin. If I were to fall, I really wouldn't be able to get up. I caught the watch band on my key ring (long story) and the shoulder strap on the bathroom door. I'll never understand why manufacturers make large shoulder bags with skinny straps.

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    1. You couldn't--yet. It won't be in theaters until the 24th--and then only a limited release, I think. We got to see it because we're signed up for free advance screenings.

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