Stalled In Time: “THE AGE OF ADALINE”

Release Date: April 24, 2015

Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Rated PG-13

Directed By: Lee Toland Krieger

Grade: B

It’s not the same when there’s no growing old together. Without that love is just heartbreak.

Adaline Marie Bowman was born on January 1, 1908. Many years later she married and started a family of her own with the birth of her daughter named Flemming. On an unusual night in 1935, she was driving down a winding road when snow fell in Sonoma California and her car veered off the road into a river. The almost magical events that ensued caused Adaline Bowman to be immune to the ravages of time. When the FBI questions her lack of aging, Adaline goes on the run. She changes her identity every 10 years until she meets philanthropist, Ellis Jones, who systematically breaks down her defenses. Having only fallen in love only once since her husband passed away, Adaline had successfully isolated herself until she ‘lets go’ and allows herself to get close to Ellis. When a fateful weekend away to Ellis’s parents home forces her to face the truth, Adaline must decide if she is going to continue to just live or to actually live life.

All these years you’ve lived but you’ve never had a life.

The Age of Adaline is the best romantic film that I’ve seen in quite some time. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger from the story, written by J. Miles Goodloe, is as captivating and intriguing as it is sincere. The narrator, who unravels the story’s events perfectly, sounds authentic which lends credibility to the imaginative tale. Even though Kathrine Heigl and Natalie Portman were considered for the title role, I think that Blake lively was the perfect choice with her timeless beauty and talent. Another excellent casting decision was Games of Thrones’ Michael Huisman as the love interest that changes the lead character’s life. Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn were equally convincing in their roles. This is truly a beautiful date night type of film. Wander through time with Adaline by going to the picture house to see this one!                                                                                                                  ~Movie Buffette

I thought this was a wonderful film that makes you laugh, cry and smile.   I was especially pleased being a romantic at heart. This is a film that I wanted to see ever since I viewed the trailer four months ago. It did not disappoint.     Blake Lively was perfectly cast as Adaline along with newcomer Michael Huisman as Ellis.   I also loved Harrison Ford in the role of his dad. The director’s excellent use of flashbacks helped tell Adaline’s story. The costumes and set design were great as well. Add this one to your list and make plans to see it on the big screen.                               ~A.S. McCleod


Blake Lively as Adaline Bowman

Ellen Burstyn as Flemming Bowman

Michael Huisman as Ellis Jones

Kathy Baker as Connie Jones

Amanda Crew as Kiki Jones

Anthony Ingruber as Young William

Cate Richardson as Young Flemming

and Harrison Ford as William Jones

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