So says Adaline to a young man who has no idea who he is talking to. Adaline knows. She has lived the majority of her days trying to blend in to her surroundings and never getting too close to anyone (except her dogs) for fear they will find out her secret, one which almost took her away from her daughter. But her curiosity for people, history, and things of beauty and meaning attract people to her. She comes from another place and time, speaking, dressing, and acting accordingly.
The music was ethereal but subdued from start to finish and the narrator allowed this complex background to be weaved together with the present. And although we get brief glimpses of earlier eras, beautifully detailed and wonderfully integrated, I almost felt cheated because there were many potential story lines that could have been explored, so much so that it could have been a mini series, but that would have taken away the magic.
The acting was stellar with perfect casting of all involved. Seeing the notations about other actors who had originally been considered for the movie, I just can't imagine it. I loved the relationship Ellen Burstyn and Blake Lively created between Flemming and Adaline, and each of the other actors - Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, Michiel Huisman, and Amanda Crew, as well as the rest of the supporting cast played their roles wonderfully. You believed they were a family during the Trivial Pursuit scene.
Obviously I loved this film, this love story, but I will also keep an eye on the writers J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, and the young director Lee Toland Krieger who has the kind of skill for telling a story that cannot be learned. I hope some time he does a period piece as I agree with Adaline: "I don't think I'll ever understand why so few people care about history."
As an aside to the history comment, if you are lucky enough that your grandparents are still alive look at the pictures they have on display and ask them about the times they grew up in. Really listen to what they tell you, and record it. The things they experienced are our history, but it was their life and they have much to teach us. When they are gone, so is that chance. Do it today!
and if nothing else, enjoy the movie!