This may be a record for me. Two girls night outs in a months time! Insurgent and now The Age of Adaline. I guess it’s been a little over a month, but it still is a new record!
This movie was good. I wanted to start by saying that I enjoyed it because this review may give you mixed signals.
The movie opens with Adaline, played by the classically beautiful Blake Lively, buying forged identification. Then you go to work with her, at a library, where she is cataloging old film, about to be converted to digital. Then the narrator jumps back in, he also was at the beginning. He’s not that annoying in the beginning because he shares Adaline’s back story. It’s a lot of information and a narrator is a quick way to fill you in.
The accident that causes her to never age is explained in much more detail than shown in the previews!
Adaline has a very lonely life. She has her dog, her 80+ year old daughter she sees sporadically and only one friend that we meet. The friend is blind and therefore not able to see her aging.
At a New Year’s Eve party, she meets Ellis, a young, handsome and wealthy young man, who is quite insistent about seeing her. Persistence wins the day, after visiting some amazing places in San Francisco, you better believe I’ll be researching those, they spend the night together. There is a beautiful line in this scene, which was featured in the previews.
Adaline – Tell me something to
hold onto forever and never let go.
Ellis – Let go.
It was a beautiful moment!
Romance is cut off, briefly, after the most tragic moment in the movie. Adaline’s dog gets sick, and a trip to the vet leads to the dog being put down. Anyone who has had to have a pet put down would recognize her face in this scene. Absolute devastation. This was the only time in the movie that I cried! After going home, she places a picture of her dog in a photo album, and then you see that she has always had the same breed of dog, pictures dating back to the 30s or so. I don’t understand how she could keep repeating that devastation, but somehow humans keep doing this to themselves!
Eventually it’s time to meet the parents, the relationship evolving quickly, and she agrees to go to his parents 40th anniversary party.
Shock and confusion are the words of the day when she realizes that Ellis’ father, William, is a man that she walked away from 50 years ago. Harrison Ford plays this role as fantastically as he plays all of his roles. Adaline convinces him that the woman he knew was her mother and he seems amazed at the resemblance, but believing.
William discovers the truth though, after seeing a scar on her hand, one he had stitched up himself, half a century earlier. When he confronts her with what he knows, she runs, the story of her life, and leaves a note for Ellis saying goodbye.
In the end, history repeats itself, reversing the strange quirk of fate that made Adaline the way she is.
There were two things that really bothered me about this movie. The first was the overnarration. At the beginning, it was nice to have details filled in, but at the end, when the narrator came back, it was a little too much. The second complaint ties in closely with the first. The narrator uses a lot of science speak. Some of it is legitimate, but some of it is clearly made up, and they go into such detail that I have Chemistry flashbacks. Nothing made sense there either!
All in all, the movie is definitely worth seeing, but you could probably wait for it to hit DVD.