The Age Of Adaline

 (35,946)7.21 h 52 min2015X-RayPG-13
Blake Lively and Harrison Ford star in this stirring romantic drama about a 29-year-old woman who has stopped aging - and the timeless power of love.
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Lee Toland Krieger
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Blake LivelyMichiel Huisman
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Michael HansenReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsWinner of my rare 10 out of 10 Rating
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There are certain genres of film that almost always miss giving the audience what its looking for and the Romantic Fantasy is probably at the top of this list. The Age of Adaline, however, hits its mark beautifully. From the expansive yet intimate camera and direction style to the absolutely luminous presence of the film's star; Blake Lively this film is a winner.

Things I loved about the film:
1. As mentioned above; Blake Lively... Her appearance, movements, voice timbre, pronunciation and cadence all brought a maturity that rang true to the character of a woman who has lived over a hundred years in a twenty-something body.
2. The locations... It doesn't get more beautiful than Northern California featuring old San Francisco.
3. Harrison Ford's subtle yet convincing performance. (Usually I don't think Ford is much of an actor but in this one he was note perfect.)
4. Kathy Baker... it is always a treat to see this actor in any role.
5. Another perfect performance by one of my favorite actors; Ellen Burstyn.
6. The well-placed over-narration. I enjoy this technique when it is used sparingly and in the right place. This film accomplished this wonderfully.

I give this one my very rare 10 out of 10 rating.
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LisaReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starskinda creepy tbh
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the acting in this movie was blah. Blake is gorgeous but she has one facial expression and one tone of voice throughout the entire movie. And it gets kinda creepy I dunno, 100+ year old lady falls in love with 20 something yr old but then she also got it on with his dad 50 years ago? How is this portraying the power of love? I never thought dad and son loving the same woman was romantic ugh.
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MiniReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsStunning! Couldn't tear my eyes off the screen!
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Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) is a tall and elegant twenty-nine-year-old librarian whose sole companions are her grown daughter, a blind old friend, and her adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She has a beautiful apartment in San Francisco’s Chinatown, but will soon move to a remote country home. Everything is as scheduled — until she meets Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), a handsome and successful app developer. She doesn’t want to fall in love, doesn’t want break another heart. She wants to go through life unseen. Why? Because Adaline was born in 1908. She’s over one-hundred years old but doesn’t look a day older than twenty-nine, the age she was struck by lighting many decades ago. Ellis isn’t giving up on her, and just when Adaline (who goes by a different name) abandons all of her plans and gives in to love, her past comes back to haunt her.

I love two things: the strange and the beautiful. This is such a beautiful film! Its beauty stems from its strangeness. The cinematography is stunning. The dark and gray mixed with the sharp yellows and greens are a feast to the eyes. It’s atmospheric and haunting. There are many lovely ways to describe San Francisco, but “haunting” isn’t one of them, and yet this film accomplishes this. The overcast atmosphere with the old buildings remind me of Vienna. (Fun fact: this was mostly filmed in Vancouver.) Blake Lively is gorgeous as always. Hers is the effortless elegance that I strive for everyday. She always plays these glamorous characters. She’s a modern-day Grace Kelly, with the acting chops to boot. Lively will surprise us one day with an Oscar nod. She shows that much potential! A far cry from her GOSSIP GIRL days, let me tell you. I always said she was the more talented one of the group, and she (and Penn Badgley) would thrive after GOSSIP GIRL. I am right so far. Lively is also phenomenal in A SIMPLE FAVOR — where her masculine chic wardrobe floored me.

I love THE AGE OF ADALINE, just my cup of latte. My novels have interwoven tales from past and present, with rich descriptions and brooding protagonists, and movies like this bring out the things swirling through my overactive imagination. I just love it! Downsides? I can’t think of any. Not enough Harrison Ford? I guess I’ll go with that. THE AGE OF ADALINE is often compared to THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, but this film is better, in my opinion. It’s a haunting romantic drama with some light science fiction thrown in. Watch this movie! You won’t regret it. Five solid Salted Caramel Oat Milk Lattes!
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IntoMoYouKnowReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2018
4.0 out of 5 starsWhen Serena Van Der Woodsen became a real actress
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The easy way to see Blake Lively is a teen star who married well and became the breakout star amongst her "Gossip Girl" cast.

"The Age of Adaline" kicks the dust out of that easy way to see her. Combined with her lead role in "The Shallows," these features make it clear that Lively has a great career ahead of her, if she can convince more directors to give her a shot. This is as gorgeous a romance film as anyone has seen in 2010s, a film in a dying genre of epic romances, and her presence helps to make it as magical as you hope it will be.

The premis isn't very believeable - a lightning strike prevents Adaline from aging normally for nearly 100 years - but if you can buy it, the rest of the film plays out with sensitivity and beauty. Women will probably gag at the idea that staying forever beautiful can be a hassle, but a hassle it is for Adaline, who must become an expert at forging fake identities and hiding from prying eyes, while denying anyone attempting to know her, for fear that she will have to abandon them later, just to survive. When romances begin to overtake her mission to go further into hiding, Adaline allows herself to feel emotions long forgotten, and Lively's performance is luminous throughtout.

If you like an epic romance, beautiful people, fantastic acting, and watching a star asending to a new level, "The Age of Adaline" is for you.
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Victor OrozcoReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsMagical
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I’m not a fan when it comes to romance films, but I do appreciate a good sci-fi/fantasy tale and I’m happy to say that The Age of Adaline is that and more. I’m also not a fan of Blake Lively, seeing her as a typical dime a dozen girl doing typical Hollywood starlet material. Not too proud to say that I was wrong.

Adaline Bowman, a seemingly ordinary young woman is a person who can no longer age. Having lived over a century resembling a woman in her thirties is in actuality in her early hundreds. It sounds great, but it doesn’t take long to realize it isn’t. Outliving your loved ones, to be studied and chased after because you are abnormal is not fun at all. Still, the joys are nice, to live every decade at your peak, seeing life. But sadly, to never experience it.

But in a span of several months, Adaline Bowman breaks the routine that she’s done to safeguard her secret and her family when she falls in love with a young man with a soul as old as her true age. I must admit Blake Lively did a spectacular job in doing such a challenging role of an elderly woman in the guise of a young woman. Truly an underrated performance, one that I expected tons of critical praise, but I guess some still cannot shake off her experience in such lesser fare.

Blake Lively along Michael Huisman, Ellen Burstyn, Harrison Ford do a great job in a wonderful film that has great drama, sci-fi fantasy as well as a beautiful romance. Nice costumes, hauntingly beautiful score and cinematography.

The Blu-ray is decent, picture quality and some of the special features are okay. I would have loved how the screenwriters and Lively had managed to work how to convincingly play Adaline so well. I bet Blake met several elderly people like her on-screen daughter on how to act as well as the costumes that portray her as a conservative elder but still appear young. I do love the special feature of the actor who convincingly played the younger version of Harrison Ford’s character. Now that guy should have been young Han Solo!

Very nice movie.
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Tadpole RaisinReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars"It's the little things that trip you up."
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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!
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Randall Todd AllenReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the Best Movies I've seen in a Long Time.
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I've never followed Blake Lively, but she now has a fan. Her acting was better than I expected. The posture, the refrain, of the character caught my attention. From her clothing to her hair, she never truly aged. What I mean by that she still had the values of how she was as a young woman before the accident which continued throughout the movie. Good romantic story line. I've watched it a few times and my heart breaks every time when she has to put her dog down. Her acting was surprisingly very good. I'm also a fan of Ellen Burnstyn in my opinion is one of the greatest actresses of our lifetime. It was a new story line I've never seen this particular story line a movie before. It's one of the best movies I've seen in quite a while. It was classy, intelligent, romantic and worth you watching.
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Kira S.Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable movie - suspend disbelief and play along
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If you watch this movie in the spirit in which it was intended, you will enjoy it. It is not a deep, philosophical movie. It does not explore all the ramifications of immortality, except the inevitable loss when Adaline is forced to change locations or situations because people begin to become suspicious because she is not aging. WARNING: SPOILERS. The most poignant loss was actually the death of her dog, emphasized as she looks through the photo album of all the previous dogs she has had. The hope for the future is exemplified by her new puppy. Blake Lively does a good job in this film, far better than Katherine Heigl would have done (apparently she was originally considered for this part). The ending was a little cliche but that's okay, it is in keeping with the rest of the movie. This film gets one of my rare four-star reviews, which means "worth watching a second time."
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