The Age of Adaline
Release year: 2015
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Screenwriter: J.Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz
Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Lynda Boyd, Hugh Ross (voice)
A freak accident in 1929 results in the victim Adaline (Blake Lively) stopping to age. To avoid becoming a curiosity to the government, she is forced to leave her life behind every decade by changing her identity and move to a new place, thereby avoiding raising suspicion. Decade after decade Adaline lives without really living, until a chance encounter with Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) in an elevator on New Year’s eve.
Director Krieger (The Vicious Kind, 2009) wisely decides to move fast over the subject of the magical mumbo-jumbo that makes Adaline live forever and focus on the real interesting thing: Adaline and her struggle with relationship. He makes it clear to us, that it doesn’t really matter how it become so, what matters is what it means to Adaline and the people in her life. The gorgeous Lively (The Shallows, 2016) perfectly encaptures a woman of different ages with her timeless beauty and wins your heart as the hard-tested Adaline throwing her love on dogs who wont wonder why she doesn’t age. As the title character the movie relies heavily on her and the charming Lively has no trouble making you care deeply for her. A Charming Huisman (World War Z, 2013) is endearing enough to make us believe in love-at-first-sight encounters and Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981) amazing as his father. The movie looses a bit of its impact with the explanatory parts, making you wish it had been allowed for us to stay as ignorant of her condition a Adaline is, leaving the entire focus on the characters. A sweet tale of magic realism with an engaging lead actress.
It is a frequently asked question whether Harrison Ford dubbed the voice of his character’s younger self. The answer is no; Anthony Ingruber really is that good of a Ford sound-alike and was chosen specifically for the part because of his resemblance to a young Harrison Ford.