23 February 2016

”The Age of Adaline"

At a time when we seem to have more and more films that are based on true stories, it makes a refreshing change to see one that is based on a fantasy. The fantasy in this case is how Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) miraculously remains a youthful 29 years of age for nearly eight decades. The film offers a pseudo-medical explanation but, of course, that's a fantasy as well.

Fantasy aside, this is the intriguing story of how Adaline never allows herself to get too close to anyone lest they discover her secret. However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reawakens Adaline's long-suppressed passion for life and romance. But a weekend with Ellis' parents brings Adaline face to face with somebody who can expose the truth, which causes Adaline to make a decision that changes her life forever.