By on May 8th, 2015

The Age of Adaline (2015)

The Age of Adeline (2015) Dir. Lee Toland Kreiger – 8th May Nationwide

Who’s in it? Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker

What’s it about? After a miraculous incident involving a bolt of lightening on a dark night when she was 29 years old, the immaculately preserved Adaline Bowman (Lively) has endured the last eight decades without ageing in the slightest, a solitary and lonely existence carefully avoiding contact with anyone who might uncover or reveal her mysterious secret. Adaline’s life is changed forever when she meets the charming Ellis (Huisman) in a chance encounter as she falls in love with life again. When Ellis brings Adaline home to meet his parents (Ford and Baker) his father seems to recognise her as a ghost from his past, threatening to reveal Adaline’s unbelievable secret and unravel her unique story. Adaline is forced to make a decision between an apparent eternity alone or to complicate her life irrevocably as only love can. With shades of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey, which similarly touched on the theme of immortality, The Age of Adaline is a fantasy romance which addresses humanity’s peculiar relationship with the eternal and our struggle to understand the inexplicable.

Memorbale Moments? The scene in which Adaline appears to have her destiny determined for her in an apparent cosmic coincidence is magically evocative of our sense of wonder at the world around us which the film attempts to arouse.

Look who’s talking: ‘The Age of Adaline is a ludicrous romantic fantasy, but solid craftsmanship and good acting make it an enjoyable one too.’ – ScreenRant

Like that? Try this: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, about a man who inexplicably ages in reverse after being born as an old man, is the obvious comparison with Adaline though probably less accessible or romantically inclined.

Trivia Pursuit: Natalie Portman was originally offered the role but turned it down.

One Response to “[PASSNOTES] THE AGE OF ADELINE (2015)”

  1. 1 Zack Mandell
    May 12th, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    This movie really reminded me of Benjamin Button. However, Blake Lively really makes it worth the watch.

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