Monday, January 4, 2016

Movie review: The Age of Adaline

At 29 years of age Adaline suffers an almost lethal accident which has also caused her to stop aging. Learning the hard way, she keeps her secret to herself, until she meets a man who sweeps her off her feet.

Blake Lively (Adaline), Michiel Huisman (Ellis), Harrison Ford (William), Ellen Burstyn (Flemming), Kathy Baker (Kathy), Amanda Crew (Kikki), Cate Richardson (Young Flemming).

The Age of Adaline begins by painting us a picture of her life before quickly showing us the auto accident that changes her life by stopping her aging. As Adaline comes to terms with her lack of aging she makes some mistakes that lead her to constantly change her identity and never tell anyone she doesn't age. When Ellis sweeps her off her feet years later Adaline realizes she must finally share her secret to be happy with her life.

Acting was pretty good with Lively putting forth a nice performance. Huisman also did a good job and appeared to work well with Lively. Ford was enjoyable though his role was smaller than we would have hoped. Burstyn was well cast and fit the film nicely. The remainder of the cast was solid.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with nice use of scenery and a solid, appropriate feel. Action scenes were mild but nicely done with good detail and fit. Dialogue was enjoyable with decent depth and plot movement. Sound and soundtrack were enjoyable.

I was hoping The Age of Adaline would focus more on the time aspect of Adaline's immortality but instead I got a fairly well done romance film. The story is enjoyable, if not original, and flows pretty well while the immortality aspect adds an unusual element that adds some depth. Obviously aimed at teens, if you enjoy a good romance flick this is a decent choice.

With some mild sexuality and action, this should be fine for preens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 12.23.15
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Drama, Fantasy Romance, Love Stories

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