Film: The Age Of Adaline
Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman
Direction: Lee Toland Krieger
The premise is a doozy. Imagine an attractive 29-year-old woman who by some sort of cosmic miracle is destined to stay young forever. A widow and mother of a now-wrinkled daughter, the eternally youthful protagonist (Lively) has led a lonely life for the better part of eight decades. She strives to keep her immortality a secret, even refusing to fall in love again.
Quite predictably, the script contrives an encounter with a dashing philanthropist (Huisman). Their budding romance forms the core of the heavy-handed fable. The maudlin voiceover narration replete with pseudo-scientific jargon serves no purpose. Worse, the narrative is bogged down by the frequent jumps back and forth to the dilemmas faced over the course of a century. Lively isn’t particularly convincing while, old-timers Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker throw themselves wholeheartedly into their roles of the gracefully ageing parents.
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