‘The Age of Adaline’: Sometimes wrinkles come as a blessing

Sometimes we need films for the hopeless romantic in us, melting in guilty pleasure as we watch a man and a woman fall recklessly in love and face the challenges of fate in order to be together.
When rightly done, these films — no matter how silly they might be — convince us of the magical universe those characters inhabit and make us hope that they will find happiness. Sure, sometimes there is a bit of schmaltz, but thatand’s what the romance film genre is all about.
Director Lee Toland Krieger, who previously directed the romantic comedy and”Celeste and Jesse,and” proves that he has the eloquence, tenderness and stamina to take on such a risky film as the and”The Age of Adaline,and” which in the wrong hands might have ended up a snobbish endeavor in which only beautiful and rich people get a chance at magic and love. Partly science fiction, the filmand’s eccentric premise reminds one of a female version of and”Benjamin Button.and”
We first meet Adaline (and”Gossip Girland’sand” Blake Lively) in 2014. She is a young woman who carries herself with poise, eloquence and wisdom beyond her years, almost as if she is from a different century locked in a time warp. Well, we wonand’t be too far off in our assumption.
She goes into an apartment and gets herself a fake identity, an act it seems sheand’s used to doing. What is she running away from, or who? We find out immediately through the help of a narrator. Adeline was actually born in 1908 to a wealthy family in San Francisco she grew up to be an educated woman and later married an engineer and gave birth to a baby girl. After her husband dies in a work accident, she drives in sadness to her parentand’s cottage but she herself ends up in a freak accident. Just at that moment she gets struck with lightning and the molecules in her genes rearrange themselves, causing her to never grow old. Apparently, the narrator tells us with a hint of humor, this genetic phenomenon will not be discovered until the year 2035. Adaline only discovers her ageless body at age 45, when people around her start noticing she looks the same age as her daughter.
Adaline is petrified, so she decides to lead an incognito life so the media or the FBI wonand’t discover her. Sheand’s got all the time in the world, so she devotes herself to reading, learning languages and gaining more knowledge of the universe. Love is out of the question for her since she canand’t grow old with any man (although Iand’m sure this situation would be any manand’s fantasy!). She has a short tryst in the and’60s with a young man called William, but she just canand’t bring herself to tell him the truth, so she dumps him.
Cut to 2014, on New Yearand’s Eve, when she meets the charming, obstinate and extremely rich Ellis (Michael Huisman of and”Game of Thronesand”) he falls hopelessly in love with her and she too with him. We have to give it to director Krieger the duoand’s romantic flirtations sweep us off our feet and make us feel like weand’re reading a juicy Harlequin novel. For the first time in her life, Adaline lets herself go and seems not to care about the consequences, even though she doesnand’t tell him that sheand’s practically 109 years old. But the plot thickens. Ellis and Adaline visit Ellisand’s parents for the weekend and it turns out that Adalineand’s old lover William is Ellisand’s father! William, now much older, is played by the enigmatic Harrison Ford, who literally makes a breakthrough performance with his surprisingly compassionate and tender countenance.
William catches on to Adalineand’s situation. Never having forgotten her, he begs her not to break his sonand’s heart. The drama is subtle and humane everyone is insanely nice and considerate to each other in this film. The question is, what will our dear Adaline do? Will she tell Ellis the truth, or will she leave him? Just when you think that things canand’t get even more complicated, something incredible happens and thus perhaps Adaline will finally get the chance to start a brand new life without a pause button.
and”The Age of Adalineand” is a bold and elegant film that treats its characters with respect and refrains from exploiting its very exploitable premise. Blake Lively proves that she is not just an ingandeacutenue from television, but a truly talented movie actress through this very difficult and preposterous role as an old woman in a younger body. Her genuineness and tenderness wins our hearts immediately, and we root for her throughout the story. We want Adaline to find happiness because she truly deserves it.
I believe this is a film for a particular audience, primarily for women who want to watch a tranquil romantic story that will carry them to an ethereal world without looking down upon them. As for the concept of aging, Adaline proves that we shouldnand’t be afraid, just like the old proverb: and”Do not regret growing older. Itand’s a privilege denied to many.and”

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman