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After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.
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Things I loved about the film:
1. As mentioned above; Blake Lively... Her appearance, movements, voice timbre, pronunciation and cadence all brought a maturity that rang true to the character of a woman who has lived over a hundred years in a twenty-something body.
2. The locations... It doesn't get more beautiful than Northern California featuring old San Francisco.
3. Harrison Ford's subtle yet convincing performance. (Usually I don't think Ford is much of an actor but in this one he was note perfect.)
4. Kathy Baker... it is always a treat to see this actor in any role.
5. Another perfect performance by one of my favorite actors; Ellen Burstyn.
6. The well-placed over-narration. I enjoy this technique when it is used sparingly and in the right place. This film accomplished this wonderfully.
I give this one my very rare 10 out of 10 rating.
"The Age of Adaline" kicks the dust out of that easy way to see her. Combined with her lead role in "The Shallows," these features make it clear that Lively has a great career ahead of her, if she can convince more directors to give her a shot. This is as gorgeous a romance film as anyone has seen in 2010s, a film in a dying genre of epic romances, and her presence helps to make it as magical as you hope it will be.
The premis isn't very believeable - a lightning strike prevents Adaline from aging normally for nearly 100 years - but if you can buy it, the rest of the film plays out with sensitivity and beauty. Women will probably gag at the idea that staying forever beautiful can be a hassle, but a hassle it is for Adaline, who must become an expert at forging fake identities and hiding from prying eyes, while denying anyone attempting to know her, for fear that she will have to abandon them later, just to survive. When romances begin to overtake her mission to go further into hiding, Adaline allows herself to feel emotions long forgotten, and Lively's performance is luminous throughtout.
If you like an epic romance, beautiful people, fantastic acting, and watching a star asending to a new level, "The Age of Adaline" is for you.
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