Flash Movie Review: The Age of Adaline

Others may find it morbid, but among my close friends it is not unusual for us to tell each other we want to be the one to go first. I am not referring to queuing up for an amusement park ride; I am referring to dying. Before you say, “eeewwww,” let me explain. We are like family to each other; some of us have been friends since elementary school. When one of us says he/she wants to be the first to go, we are saying it would be awful to watch someone else go through the process. It is this way because we love each other so much. Some of us had relatives who lived for a long time that we saw go through the aging process and it was not always easy. On the other hand we have seen through the years some incredible things. We also have talked about what we would like to see in the future. Imagine if one of us could live for a very, very long time. Surely there would be great strides made by mankind; I still have a hope to see a flying car in my lifetime. However, to know you will be seeing everyone you know and love die before you would be a tough thing. I have some friends who are in relationships who hate to even see their significant other ill; they would rather be the one with the illness. Life would take on a new meaning if one never became sick or grew old. Β  Β ADALINE Bowman, played by Blake Lively (Savages, The Town), stopped growing old. No one could know so she had to keep moving throughout the years, never allowing anyone to get close to her. She had not expected Ellis Jones, played by Michael Huisman (Wild, World War Z), to be so persistent. This dramatic romance presented an interesting quandary both to Adaline and the viewer. I thought the movie was beautifully filmed. The different time periods were well represented. The cast received some heavy hitters in the form of Harrison Ford (Blade Runner, 42) as William Jones and Ellen Burstyn (The Fountain, The Exorcist) as Flemming, which tried to get the rest of the cast to act better. For the most part there was no issue for me with the change in time periods; however, I did tire of the narrator early on. There were a couple of slow and predictable parts to the story. As long as one was able to suspend their belief in reality, then the story could provide a charming tale that would draw the viewer into its world. I may not be wiser but after seeing this intriguing drama I have different thoughts about aging.

 

2 2/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 27, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. This movie very much appeals to me. The premise is intriguing, even if the notion of longevity/immortality has been done in many ways in cinema. There is always room for a good story.

  2. Well you know how I felt about this film. I think you must have liked it a bit more than I did, just to sappy & silly dialogue ..and so far, I haven’t found one good thing about getting older. It sucks..now to age while remaining young would be another thing in itself entirely that for me at least, wouldn’t be so awful. πŸ™‚

  3. Well whatever other people say I think I would like this movie a lot!

  4. πŸ™‚ I totally understand the feeling of wanting to be the first to go.
    Have a nice day!

  5. Excellent review! My mother always said she wanted to go before my father or any of her children and she got her wish. I will want to see this movie thanks to your review. Aging is not so bad…

  6. I saw this movie recently and really enjoyed it. It has given me a fresh perspective on the gift of aging!

  7. I very much enjoyed this movie, recently watched. It was so classy and touching. I loved the story, a little magic and romance. I would have rated a little bit better but since I’m not an expert like you, I might be wrong.

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