Review: The Age of Adaline (2014)

Updated: Aug 24, 2019

**This review contains spoilers**

The Story

Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) miraculously has stayed 29 years old for almost eight decades, never allowing herself to get close to anyone so they don't discover her secret. However, upon an encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) Adaline's long-suppressed passion for life and romance is once again re-awakened. When a weekend with Ellis' parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.

My Review

I recently saw Age Of Adaline (2014), directed by Lee Toland Krieger and can tell you I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Age Of Adaline is a very beautiful movie, where a woman by the name of Adaline Bowman was in an accident (car crash, hypothermia with a lightning strike) that caused her to stop ageing, though the beginning narration was very brief in describing the cause stating that Adaline's condition wouldn't be discovered until 2035. This phenomenon caused her significant problems and stopped her from being able to get closed to anyone even her own daughter. She lives a life on the move and every 10 years changes her identity to avoid people finding her out.

During an event she meets a man Ellis, who is persistent in getting to know her, soon after a series of events occur that is both happy and sad. She loses her canine companion which breaks her heart and from the album she keeps she had a lot of canine heart breaks. Upon the advice of her daughter who is far aged beyond her mother, Adaline pursues a relationship with Ellis only to find out that he is the son of one of her ex-lovers William Jones, who immediately sees a resemblance to the woman he once knew.

Hearing William talk about his past with the Adaline he knew, you could see the heartbreak on his face, the sadness and guilt in her eyes. It's not until after a game if trivial pursuit that William starts to make a connection. Then again when getting a bug from her hair he sees the same scar on her hand that his Adaline had from cutting her hand on a branch when they were running through the woods together when the father was younger and with Adaline.

This connection makes William certain that this Adaline is the same as his Adaline who he knew when he was younger. When William confronts her to tell her he knew who she was you cant help but feel the heartbreak between them. William asks her to stay but Adaline feels that now he knows her secret she must once again go on the run, so she flees the house despite the pleading of William to stay for Ellis.

Ellis goes looking for Adaline after finding out that she had fled. Whilst on the run her car is involved in a car accident, where she dies due to shock and cold. Ellis then finds her, but too late he desperately tries to resuscitate her but fails. After Adaline is revived by medical personnel who arrive on the scene, which unbeknown to her makes her normal again. Adaline is taken to hospital where Ellis stays with her the whole time. Whilst laying in the hospital bed, tired of running her whole life Adaline tells Ellis the truth about her condition. This is where she decides to stop running and just live, so later when getting ready to go out Adaline notices that she is getting a grey hair which is a symbol that she is once again able to live a normal life and age once again.

This is an incredibly emotional moment I could not help but cry, this movie really touched me, made me think thoughts of what a strong person she must be to have been able to keep going despite everything, despite having to watch her daughter grow up and get old before her, despite not being able to grow old with the ones we love.

Best Quote: Adeline: It's not the same when there's no growing old together. Without that, love is just heartbreak.

Best Bit: The moment where Adeline meets Ellis' parents and we find out more about one of her past loves and why she chose to stop getting involved.

Worst Bit: The pace at which the movie takes to progress at times.

Overall this movie despite the limited range of emotions, is very beautiful, deep and meaningful tale that is well acted and well written. Though at times it felt like the movie may have been stalling and dragging out the scenes for time, this film is one that I did enjoy. I found it to be very thought provoking, it shows us that being young forever, though it's something so many people want, it's not without its downsides like having to outlive your family, friends, lovers and companions. I would have liked to have seen the writers give us a little more emotion than what we have seen, a stronger connection between Adeline and Ellis as the one shown here felt more like awkward love than true love, other than that The Age of Adeline is a really beautiful movie overall and worth the watch.

What would you do if you could be young forever? What did you think of this movie? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below

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