The Age of Adaline Movie Review
Being stuck looking like Blake Lively for 70 years must be tough. Such is the dilemma in The Age of Adaline, a surprisingly engaging drama about eternal youth and eternal love. Starring Lively, Harrison Ford and the more boring version of Daario from "Game of Thrones," The Age of Adaline also presents one of the weirder love triangles put to film.
Marred only by narration that often meanders into details best left assumed, The Age of Adaline is a fairly straightforward tale that relies on the chemistry between the cast and a consistent script. The movie won’t blow you away, but it’ll earn back whatever you spent to see it.
Lively turns in a solid performance to bring Adaline to life, a supposed immortal who sees her ability as much more of a curse than a gift. Forced to change identities every 10 years to avoid the inevitable "How do you stay so young?" question (and, possibly, the U.S. government), it’s impossible to maintain long term relationships, especially with those of the opposite sex. Lively does a good job of embodying a woman knowledgeable beyond her years, and someone who struggles to commit, even for a while, to anyone.
Michiel "the more boring version of Daario" Huisman is good as her romantic interest, though it’s Harrison Ford who steals the show as someone who throws a notable wrinkle and effective plot turn into the story. Even these days Ford doesn’t often show his age, but he is spot-on as an emotionally stunned older man here.
Sadly, Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn is largely wasted as Adaline’s daughter. While it’s nice to see The Age of Adaline avoid the cliché direction it could have gone with a young mother and now elderly daughter, Burstyn only has one complete scene in the movie—and just pops in for a few lines here and there elsewhere, lines that a thousand actresses could have just as easily pulled off. The Age of Adaline presents an interesting dynamic, but fails to explore it.
Direct Lee Toland Krieger also cuts away when Adaline finally does her big reveal, as if wasn’t confident to show how Daario would react to discovering that his hot girlfriend is actually an uber-cougar. The story does tend to gloss over the presented conflict, leaving some big questions unanswered (like—spoiler—how would Daario react when he finds out his dad had intimate relations with his girlfriend more than half a century earlier??).
The Age of Adaline isn’t perfect, but it’s an entertaining romance with a twist, an intriguing drama that engages even if it doesn’t break any new ground. Recommended.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.