The Age of Adaline – movie review

If you had the chance to live forever, would you? Before you answer “yes” know that there is a catch. All the people around you would continue to age. Your friends, family, lovers and colleagues would grow old and die. You would be left alone; not just once, but over and over.  Would it reach a point that the continual losses become so painful that you would not want to risk forming any new attachments with anyone?

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This is what happens to Adaline Bowman in The Age of Adaline. She begins life in 1906 in San Francisco just after San Francisco Earthquake. She ages like any other person until she is 29 years old. A freak  lightning strike does something that alters her metabolism and stops the normal aging process.

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Adaline is played by Blake Lively who gives a superb performance as a woman who yearns for love, yet has learned to keep her emoticons under control at all times. She dare not give into her feelings; for that would risk people discovering her secret. Afraid of becoming a medical freak or a government experiment,  Adaline is forced to take on a new identity time after time. Blake Lively has captured the essence of Adaline perfectly.  Although physically a young woman, she has many of the social manners of a woman born in 1906.

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Harrison Ford portrays a man who had fallen in love with Adaline in the 1960’s, and was devastated when she suddenly disappeared.  Then by chance meets her again in 2015 and sees that  she has not aged a day.  He does not believe her story that she is actually not the Adaline he knew but Adaline’s daughter. Harrison Ford has one  of the best performances of his career,  as a man tortured by the seemingly impossible reappearance of his mysterious lover who he had lost half a lifetime ago.  He still loves Adaline, but his life has moved on and he has been married to a wonderful woman for 40 years.

This is a beautiful movie about time, aging and lost chances.

We give this movie Four Stars ****

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