“On December 31, 2014, a taxicab travels through San Francisco, from Chinatown to San Marin. The car carries a single passenger: a woman, her birth name Adaline Bowman, current alias Jennifer Larson. This is the first and last chapter of her life.”
In her new film “The Age of Adaline”, Blake Lively has been gorgeous for centuries. The actress stars as Adaline Bowman, a young and mysterious young woman who hides her true identity. Why? Because Adaline never ages. To protect herself and her daughter, Flemming, Adaline lives a sheltered life – until she meets Ellis (Michiel Huisman). At first, Adaline has her reservations about him, how can she lie about her identity and still be in an honest relationship with Ellis? But with some encouragement from Flemming, Adaline decides to let go. She and Ellis fall in love, but when Adaline joins him for a weekend at his parents’ house, her past catches up with her in ways she could never have imagined and might alter the course of her eternal life, forever.
One of the things I love most about “The Age of Adeline”, are the costumes. They are absolutely, undeniably perfect. They match perfectly with everything: the storyline, the characters, the actors and the look of the film. From the flapper dress in the 1920s to the head scarfs in the 1960s and the red lipstick in the 1990s – everything is spot on and creates the illusion of Lively’s character living in all these different ages. Fashion should emphasize one’s personality and in the case of “The Age of Adaline”, it absolutely does. Adaline is regal and poised, reserved yet world-wise. Her costumes bring out these aspects, as they are sharply cut, made out of rich fabrics and have small, yet classy and elegant details.
Another aspect of “The Age of Adaline” that really struck me, were the performances and especially those by Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. Lively is best known for portraying Serena van der Woodsen in the hit series “Gossip Girl”, but with her role as Adaline, she proves that she has outgrown the Upper East Side. She portrays the character of Adaline with such elegance and such understanding of the character. Both Lively’s look and acting are stunning.
Harrison Ford, who portrays Ellis’ father, is amazing. Known for his role as Han Solo in the “Star Wars” franchise, Ford shows a different side of his acting palette with “The Age of Adaline”. His character creates a second layer to Adaline’s love story with Ellis and twists the plot in a both excruciating and fascinating way. With this film, Ford takes on an entirely different character than he usually portrays and apart from this being very refreshing, the actor’s performance was also very touching and heartfelt.
“The Age of Adaline” beautifully and elegantly portrays what it must feel like to never age, to see those you love grow up, grow old and to be the only one to be left behind. It is a heartwarming and stunning love story, that will last in your memory.
Almost Famous Writer