Monday, September 7, 2015

Blu-ray Review: The Age Of Adaline

The Age Of Adaline
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Husman, Kathy Baker, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn
Studio: LionsGate
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 113 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Link: Amazon

I read romantic novels from time to time, as most of my blog readers already know, but for some reason I don't care much for watching romantic flicks. However, there was one movie that caught my eye when I saw it advertised back in the spring, it was titled The Age Of Adaline, which is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow. The film is directed by Lee Toland Krieger and stars Blake Lively, Michiel Husman, Kathy Baker, Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn. Special Features includes an audio commentary with director Lee Toland Krieger, A Love Story for the Ages, Style Throughout the Ages, Discovering Young Harrison Ford: Anthony Ingruber, an Online Sensation and deleted scenes.

The film centers on 29-year-old Adaline Bowman (played by Blake Lively), who had died for a few minutes in a freak car accident. From that moment on, she no longer ages. She attempts to live life, but as her daughter Flemming grows older than her, she decides that she must never stay in the same place for very long. She must change her identity from time to time, so nobody will catch on to who she really is.

Fast forward to the present day, Adaline is once again planning on changing her identity that is until she meets a Ellis Jones (played by Michiel Huisman) at a New Year's Eve party. Despite the attraction, she is determined to ignore her heart and precede with moving away, but Ellis pursues her and eventually she lets down her guard. Taking advice from her aging daughter (played by Ellen Burstyn), Adaline agrees not to runaway again and begins a relationship with Ellis.

Traveling with with Ellis to his family's home to celebrate his parents' (played by Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) 40-year anniversary, Adaline must come face-to-face with her past when she realizes that she had a brief relationship with Ellis' father during one of her past identities.

Honestly, I could of sworn that this film was based on a book, but I'm sadly mistaken as the story was created by the screenwriters J. Mills Goodloe & Salvador Paskowitz. The movie is completely different than what the advertisements interpreted it to be. From the odd narration from Hugh Ross to the quick flashbacks, it has a different pacing than what I was expecting a romantic-drama to have. Blake Lively shines as Adaline and Harrison Ford gives one of his better performances in recent years. Overall, I ended up liking The Age Of Adaline; though it wasn't exactly a classic, it's still an enjoyable little film.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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