On December 31, 2014, a taxicab traveled through San Francisco, from Chinatown to Marin. The car carried a single passenger: a woman, her birth name Adaline Bowman, current alias Jennifer Larson. This is the first and last chapter of her story.
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger, the timeless story, more literally than not, with a whirlwind romance and the occasional explosion of plot twists, The Age of Adaline is an incredible story about a woman who is trapped in her unaging 29-year-old self and the struggles coming from it. It is modern with an elegant and classic feel, and it is completely unique, something I have yet to see done before. I gave this movie a solid ten stars.
First of all, the movie is stunning. There was not one time within the movie that I felt there was a lack of old, charming elegance, which is exactly the kind of vibe Adaline gives off.
Adaline, played by Blake Lively, does the part amazingly, along with her supporting cast members. Lively had been a favorite of mine since her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Gossip Girl days, but this was a side of her I had never seen before, and I loved every second of it. Casting included Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, and Ellen Burstyn, all of whom played together in the most charismatic way. Burstyn's role was by far my favorite within the movie, despite my love for Blake Lively, as she basically plays a much older than her 83-year-body teenager. The relationship between Burstyn and Lively, with Lively being the mother, is something almost hilariously comforting.
The change occurring in Adaline is all based on science, though this science will not be discovered until the year 2035, so unlike the normal odd happenings displayed in similar movies, it is refreshing to see that The Age of Adaline has a theory behind it, whether you paid much attention to it or not, it made it much more real, and less like a young adult fantasy film. However, for the sake of the film, it was put under a fantasy genre, along with drama and romance, all of which fit the story perfectly.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone considering it. It will definitely not disappoint.