“The Age of Adaline” is one of those movies that is exactly what you expect while still managing to break the mold of the typical chick flick. While comparisons to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” are inevitable, the concept is the only similarity. Adaline is forced to stay detached from generations of friends and family as they grow old throughout the decades. The key to the film is Blake Lively, whose timeless look is perfect for this role. She fits into the 1920’s, 50’s, 80’s and modern styles without ever appearing to be out of place. Her acting progresses the character through compounding emotions that permeate her consistent appearance. I was not familiar with Lively before this film but I am now anxious to see her over and over again on the big screen. Another reason to see this film: Harrison Ford. He has been pretty hit or miss in recent years, but he’s definitely a hit in this one. There’s a little plot twist that is slightly disturbing and we all have to decide to just look the other way, but the emotion and chemistry between Ford and Lively make this film worth watching. The story is not without fault. I am very good at suspending my disbelief, even at some of the most unrealistic concepts out there, but I had to roll my eyes at the “frozen heart defibrillated by lightning,” as well as the predictable ending. The film breaks the mold of the chick flick, but it is still predictable. If you are searching for a life-changing drama, look elsewhere; however, if you are looking for a unique chick flick with great acting, “The Age of Adaline” will quickly grow on you.
[Pictured: Blake Lively’s timeless appearance fits every era with perfection]