Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) is a young woman, who, as it turns out, is not young. We learn that many decades ago she has been struck by lightning during an unfortunate road accident and has not aged a minute since. I can only hope that this method will not be widely adopted among those who strive for eternal youth. Adaline could be happy about this, but, on one hand, her relatives (Ellen Burstyn), friends and acquaintances grow old and die, and, on the other, she cannot hide her condition forever from the curious eyes and from her surroundings in general.

She has two ways of doing so, though: changing identity every ten years and trying not to fall in love. Then trouble walks in alongside with handsome Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman).

Advertisements
Advertisements

Adaline breaks her oath and falls in love with the man, who even introduces her to his parents (Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker).

The creators do not miss a chance to make the viewer smile, or, in the case of the more sensitive ones, shed a tear or two: Adaline keeps on reminiscing by looking at old photos or newspaper articles, she jokes about her actual and perceived age, blows her lines and saves the day, kicks everyone's ass at the "Who knows more about the 20thcentury?" board game and the list goes on.

Hats off to the authentic scenery and costumes, Blake Lively is lovely, Michiel Huisman is charming, Harrison Ford is bearded, the music is gripping and we even have a narrator who attempts to explain the events scientifically (the correspondence between these is noticed only in 2030).

Advertisements

Instead of discovering and exploiting the issues resulting from the girl's situation, The Age of Adaline goes down a completely different road, so as to make me recommend it primarily for couples and for girls' movie nights.

Benjamin Button will be brought to the minds of many viewers, but Adaline reminds me more of a heroine patched together from sentenced-to-eternal-life-upon-decapitation Connor MacLeod and present-at-every-major-historical-event Forrest Gump. #Film #Cinema