Age of Adaline is the new film by director Lee Toland Krieger. It stars Blake Lively as the titular Adaline Bowman.
As we find out, she was born in 1908. The film is, or must be, set in 2016 because she is revealed to be 108 years old. She loses her husband to a work accident at a young age and is left alone with her daughter. One night while driving she suddenly enters a snowstorm, which is highly peculiar for where she lives – California. She veers off the road and into a river. Due to hypothermia, she dies, but a massive bolt of lightning brings her back to life, or something. Because of this freak occurrence she suddenly stops ageing, and is thereafter stuck at twenty-nine years old.
Fearful of the wrong people finding out about her rather unusual condition, she decides to flee. She consistently moves every decade to a new place to avoid detection. To be honest, every decade seemed a tad long to me considering the supernatural abilities she had. Law enforcement must really have improved since the olden days.
In the present day she meets a successful and very persistent man named Ellis, played by Michael Huisman. To those of you who might not know, he plays Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones. What ensues are his attempts to win her love and her trying to keep her secret hidden from him. This proves difficult for her because of his father, played by Harrison Ford. They knew each other once, you see.
The acting in the film is very good and the movie is ably carried by the excellent Lively. Ever since I saw her in Ben Affleck’s The Town, I knew she would be a big screen star, while Huisman also proves he is more than just a handsome face.
This is a very inoffensive film which I heartily recommend to all and sundry. I cannot see how anyone would be put off by anything on show here. Unfortunately, judging by the almost entirely female audience present at my viewing, it must be tagged as a chick flick. I seriously doubt that Huisman’s chiselled abs had anything to do with it.