The Age Of Adaline is a romantic fantasy about someone who can never grow old. Adaline (Blake Lively) is a San Francisco librarian who has been alive for about a hundred odd years, but is condemned to remain a young woman of twenty nine.
She discovers that she is unable to physically age after a near fatal car accident in the 1940’s, which is something to do with molecular ionisation.
Terrified of her secret being discovered by the authorities and of being turned into a laboratory experiment, she resolves to change her name, home town and appearance every ten years.
The Age Of Adaline begins with Adaline, who is now called Jenny. She is living a quiet life working in a San Francisco museum and caring for her daughter (Ellen Burstyn), who is now seventy.
Although she’s steered clear of relationships, Jenny attracts the romantic attentions of a millionaire called Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) who won’t take no for an answer. But just as she warily starts to let him into her life, things get seriously weird when she meets his father, William Jones (Harrison Ford) whom she courted more than forty years before.
What transpires, then forms the basic crux of the narrative.
Technically the film is brilliant. The director, Lee Toland Krieger, the cinematographer, David Lanzenberg and the costume designer Angus Strathie have put together a brilliant product.
With simple production design and costumes, the team has used different colour palettes for different eras, a touch which, has prevented the film from being monotonous and lifeless.
However, the main issue with The Age Of Adaline lies in it’s concept as its too confusing, far fetched and the way the story pans out adds a lot more layers to the already confusing plot.
To actually understand and enjoy this film, one needs to be glued on to it frame by frame and not miss even a single nuance.
The Age Of Adaline is a romantic fantasy about someone who can never grow old. Adaline (Blake Lively) is a San Francisco librarian who has been alive ...1.5