Harrison Ford, Anthony Ingruber, and Blake Lively all in one movie? Sign me up! The Age of Adaline tells the story of Adaline Bowman, who after a freak accident stops aging and then experiences the whole of the 20th century.
We’ve all wondered at some point what it would be like to be immortal, and this is one take on that answer. Adaline is unable to stay in one place for very long, as people become suspicious of her youthful appearance. She’s forced to leave behind her daughter, who continues to age, and every time she moves she is forced to take a new identity.
While there is some romance, it’s a bit of a drama as well due to Adaline’s attempts – sometimes unsuccessfully – to avoid relationships throughout her life. There are several flashbacks throughout the movie detailing one relationship that she had in the 1960’s, which then relates to the present relationship.
I didn’t care for Ellis, the male lead for the present relationship. He seemed a bit of a stalker, not taking no for an answer when he began flirting with Adaline, as well as finding out her address from her place of employment and showing up at her house one night uninvited. While later on in the movie he seemed to have stopped exhibiting those issues, I still kept wanting to yell at the screen “don’t trust him!”
It wasn’t quite what I expected, as I had thought it would be more Young Harrison Ford Lookalike – played by Anthony Ingruber – and that was one of the main reasons I went (what can I say, I’m a sucker for Harrison Ford). But once I got past that misconception and into the actual plot, it was a very entertaining movie.
It had lots of some definite sci-fi elements that made me wonder how accurate they were (such as the comet crashing into the moon which caused a storm that was a major plot point). The fact that they used psuedo-science to explain the freak accident was interesting, as opposed to the hand-wavey magic of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” or other such fantasy movies.
I understand the concept of suspension of disbelief, but I rather like psuedo-science in movies because what if psuedo-science becomes real science, much as the communicators from “Star Trek: The Original Series” led to the invention of cell phones? While I’m not saying I think a person could become immortal through the circumstances in the movie, I do like the attempt at a scientific explanation for the occurrence.