If you could live forever, would you? It’s an offer I’d at least consider, if only to catch up on classic Doctor Who the last century of comics.
Age of Adaline tells the story of a woman who lives for over a century without aging. Is it a timeless tale or has it outlived its worth? Well, let’s take a look at the trailer and find out.
So who stars in this movie? The titular Adaline is played by Blake Lively of Gossip Girl and Green Lantern. Her love interest Ellis Jones is played by Michiel Huisman, whose previous films include World War Z and Wild. Harrison Ford of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies plays William Jones, Adaline’s old love interest, and Ellen Burstyn, whose other movies include Interstellar and Requiem for a Dream, plays Adaline’s daughter Flemming. The director is Lee Toland Krieger, director of The Vicious Kind and Celeste & Jesse Forever. Again, more work I haven’t seen, but both those movies have positive scores on Rotten Tomatoes, so the guy clearly knows how to make a movie.
The trailer opens with a police officer reading Adaline’s driver’s license. “This says you were born in 1908,” he says. “That makes you forty-five years old.” Adaline agrees. Thanks for pointing out my age, you jerk. The narrator describes her birth, marriage, and family, leading up to her car crash in 1935. Great, another trailer that gives away the plot of the whole movie. No, actually, she survived thanks to a lightning strike that, instead of frying her drowned corpse, makes her immortal. Because lightning always gives you superpowers. Hey, if it works for the Flash.
Now Adaline grows no older, and that means trouble unless she plans on handing herself over to be dissected for science. Some government officials have questions for her, but she runs away, telling her daughter that while she’s changing her identity, she’ll always be her mother. She knows, Adaline; that’s why she’s crying. But no, they have a happy reunion many years later on Adaline’s birthday, and Ellen Burstyn realizes she’s outgrown two parents now.
Adaline runs into William Jones, Indy’s long lost twin brother, who sort of recognizes her. “You look exactly like this old friend of mine,” he says. “We were very close.” Yes, from the look of those lakeside scenes, you clearly had no concept of personal space, Willy. “Don’t you miss having someone to love?” Flemming asks her mother. Um, she has you. She loves you. What’s there to miss? But Adaline passes on romantic love, saying, “It’s not the same when there’s no growing old together. Without that, love is just heartbreak.” That didn’t stop Aragorn and Arwen. Take a risk, woman!
Adaline meets Ellis, who I’m guessing is William’s son. He introduces himself, stands right behind her as she waits for a taxi, grabs the taxi to keep her from riding away, and demands some way of keeping in touch. The trailer tries to tell us this is romantic and not creepy, but because we’re intelligent human beings, we know better. It puts things in a whole new light as he tells her, “The first time I saw you, I knew I had to meet you.” Totally not an obsessed stalker at all, staring at her from afar as she sits on the steps. Adaline falls for his routine, though, walking with him, kissing him under the stars, and . . . sleeping with him, I guess? She’s pulling on her slip, he’s in a towel; I think it’s what they’re implying. Props for not actually putting it in the trailer at least.
William finally deduces that she’s the same person he almost kissed by the lake. “All these years you’ve lived, but you’ve never had a life,” he tells her. People with superpowers don’t get lives, Willy. Read a comic book. Adaline replies that she doesn’t know how to have a life, and then goes running through the evergreen forest and giving me chill-producing Twilight flashbacks. She asks Ellis, “Tell me something I can hold onto and never let go.” His answer? “Let go.” Part of my brain is working on that little paradox and the other part is singing “LET IT GO!!!!!!”
Adaline gets into another car crash, cementing her horrible driving record–driving off the bridge, getting pulled over, and now this. She runs through the rain and says, “I’ve been running for so long, I don’t know how to stop.” Maybe that’s why she crashes her car so often. Willy calls after her, Ellis stares at his reflection in the mirror in a way that makes me doubt his sanity even more than I already do, and we get one last look at Adaline’s ageless face looking beautiful but sad. Maybe we should get her together with Ioan Gruffudd’s character from Forever; then they can not grow old together.
So based on the trailer, do I recommend the movie? I guess so. It seems like a pretty harmless romantic drama with quality actors, plus the premise is pretty interesting. I like that they’re showing the toll eternity takes on Adaline emotionally and that the filmmakers are trying to sell this movie on more than just the romance or the sex. If you’re looking for a fun date movie, this might well be the one to see. I won’t be seeing it in theaters, but I might check it out when it comes out on DVD.
Though I feel a bit cheated that no mad scientist is trying to steal her immortality powers, but that’s just the superhero fan in me.
Age of Adaline is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment.