Age of Adaline Review (2015)

Age of Adaline (2015): Review

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LAURIE’S GRADE

Check this out: A mother (Adaline) crashes during a lightning storm and inexplicably stops ageing.

‘The Feds’ start taking an interest in this strange woman, so she begins to assume a new identity each year to stay under the radar.

Clandestine meetings with her daughter (who rapidly overtakes her in age) keep her family together, but she lives in a limbo of unique loneliness. Will this be the pattern of her life forever?

Sounds good, right? [GAME SHOW BUZZ BUZZZZ] nope, wrong!

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What happened with this movie? Blake Lively is (allegedly) up & coming, Harrison Ford and a young Harrison Ford who seems to have found a time machine to the future (Anthony Ingruber) do a good job, the set dressing & camera work are certainly up to snuff… but it all adds to up to a sum of boring, dreary lifelessness.

The major problem seems to be that the screenwriter & director have no idea how to make a compelling time travel movie; they continually shelve every interesting element of Blake Lively’s character and situation so they can cram in utterly meaningless and cliched ‘forbidden love’ tropes.

When they do have a go, it’s inevitably dreadful. For example: Adaline is meant to carry all the poise, elegance and wisdom of a woman born in the 1900s, and other characters frequently (if briefly) react to her as if she speaks ‘very formally’ and with great insight; but there is no actual insight, grace or formality in her for the audience to see. She just flounces about like a miserable, modern-day socialite.

Another is her apparent wealth, achieved through investing in companies that have become hugely successful. The problem here is that she doesn’t have the gift of foresight, does she? She has the gift of err, extra time and better-than-average hindsight. The stock market thing requires time travel to be the other way around – that’s Marty McFly’s game, man!

The final nail in the coffin is the lack of chemistry between Blake Lively & Michiel Huisman (playing love interest Ellis Jones) – think of his character as a male Mary Sue; a handsome, rich philanthropist who just wants to help people, and is somehow entranced by boring, aloof Adaline. Who cares if they get together? Adaline is so conceited and self-absorbed that it really doesn’t matter what happens.

It’s a shame because there are small moments of class; what might have been if the film was in other hands. I like Michiel Huisman in the role and he does a good job of turning a stalkerish dope into a sympathetic actual person, while Harrison Ford really nails his dramatic scenes. He’s still good when he wants to be! (Especially at stumbling through doorways)

Not worth it, a total disappointment and snooze-fest.

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