The Age of Adaline (2015): Immortality brings you more problems than benefits

What is it about?

Adeline Bowman (Blake Lively), a single mother at the dawn of 20th century, experiences a nearly fatal traffic accident that leaves her practically immortal and stopped her from further aging. Talk about the silver lining!

At first, all is great. I mean, who wouldn’t want to look like Blake Lively forever? Well, most of us guys, wouldn’t, but you know what I mean. After a while, though, she starts noticing the negative side-effects of her immortality. People around her started to notice her eternal youth. No face cream in the world (regardless of what the commercials are trying to convince us) can make you look like Blake Lively when you should be pushing 60. It became harder and harder to think of a good reason for her timeless appearance. Not to mention that having any kind of long-term relationship is difficult to maintain.

Because of it, she decided to move all over the world and stay up to 10 years at one place. She did have some casual encounters with guys over the years(a woman has needs, after all), but she remained faithful to her decision to never settle down.

After many decades of staying single, she met a rich, handsome guy from “Game of Thrones” (Michiel Huisman) and things got complicated. He fell deeply in love with her and her vow to stay single was challenged. Hard.

Who should watch it?

  • Should I watch it with my kid(s)?

    Yeah, you should. But I doubt you’ll find many teenage boys that will be interested in this kind of movie. Girls might be more receptive.

  • Is it good to watch on a date?

    I don’t see why not.

  • For what audience is it intended?

    For anyone who likes a good fantasy/romance movie.

What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I fall off the couch laughing and have sore abs the next day due to laughing too hard?

    No.

  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?

    No.

  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

    Yes. If your appearance is dreary, or average at best, and you track down a girl you only met once, ask around her place of work for her phone number and follow her around, you will most likely be considered a stalker and a public menace, and could easily face jail time or get pepper-sprayed in the face. However, if you are good-looking and rich, and you behave exactly the same, you’re a hopeless romantic and your actions are adorable. The stench of double standards is strong in this one.

  • Is it based on something?

    Even though this lovely movie has a certain “based on a book” feel, this is not the case. It’s an original script.

Similar movies like “The Age of Adaline”?

To be recommended.

Judgment time!

“The Age of Adaline” is as romantic as they come. You got a woman with a serious problem of not dying, ever, and a guy who doesn’t want to let go. Their chemistry is pretty good and I think their kids will look adorable.

The only thing that bothered me about this movie is that they tried to scientifically explain Adaline’s immortality, using fancy medical terminology and making it sound like it’s actually plausible for a person to become immortal after a car accident. It’s a fucking fantasy movie and we all know it’s a fantasy movie so I don’t see the point of trying to justify Adaline’s immortality.

They should learn from superhero comics. They have an accident and get cool powers. And that’s’ it. Nobody gives a damn about the biological mechanisms that supposedly lead to their powers because those biological mechanisms are made up anyway!

Nevertheless, this a good, engaging romance because you really want to find out what happens with Adaline and that guy who is not a stalker because he is wealthy and wears nice suits.

I give it 8/10.

 

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