In this romantic drama, Blake Lively plays Adaline Bowman, a San Francisco woman who remains 29-years-old for nearly eight decades after a near death experience halts her aging. After Adaline’s husband is killed in an accident, her young daughter continues to grow, overtaking her in age but remaining close as Adaline shifts identity every ten years.
We meet Adaline in the present day, a lover of history who works in a library and avoids close relationships and having her photograph taken. Her closest friends are a spaniel dog, her aging daughter and a blind musician. That is until Ellis Jones (Game of Thrones’ Michiel Hulsman) enters the scene. Adaline’s decision to meet his parents on a family weekend risks her story becoming discovered.
The film is softly romantic and visually appealing. Lively plays Adaline with a subtle touch of smooth antiquity to her voice. At times she appears to characterise herself with age, while at others she appears much younger again. The relationship between Adaline and her aging daughter (played by Ellen Burstyn) is done well and Michiel Huisman is the appropriately bearded romantic male who balances scruffiness with sensitivity.
The costume design by Academy Award winner Angus Strathie (Moulin Rouge!) is one of the best parts of the film – even in the present day setting, Adaline is dressed with a sense of nostalgia that gives occasional nods to her early twentieth century origins.
Blake Lively delivers a performance that strides clearly into a new genre of roles for her. Lovers of gentle romance and period drama will enjoy The Age of Adaline immensely.
The Age of Adaline is out in cinemas today.
By Sophia WhitfieldOn July 2, 2018
Before we know it school holidays will be upon us. Disney, as always, has come to the aid of weary parents by bringing out a film to entertian both parent...On March 5, 2014
We are loving the new trailer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E.On June 12, 2015
Mel Gibson makes his long awaited return to the big screen in the action thriller, BLOOD FATHER, based on the novel by Peter Craig (scriptwriter of The Town and Mockingly...On June 7, 2016
Lily James (Lady Rose from Downton Abbey) looked absolutely stunning for her red carpet moment at the premiere of Cinderella. She wore a spectacular Elie Saab dress and Louboutin Cinderella...On March 3, 2015
Filming has begun on reimagining of the musical A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and introducing Stefani Germanotta, known as Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga, in her first leading...On April 20, 2017