Monday, June 15, 2015

Film Review | The Age of Adaline

Hi, the other week I went to see The Age of Adaline with my parents, we went to the local independent cinema The Rex, in Elland. It's super cheap at £5 per ticket and only £4 on Mondays. The Rex is one of the oldest purpose built, structurally unaltered cinemas in the country. It opened as a Picture House on 12th December 1912. The cinema has a very vintage feel, it has a small screen complete with operational curtains ready to close for the interval when ice creams is available. My mum wanted to see the film because she's a massive Harrison Ford fan.



Adaline (Blake Lively) has been 29 years old for 8 decades, she hasn't aged a day, the cause an accident. She watches her family and friends age around her while she has to hide her true identity to keep them and herself safe. She lives her whole life keeping people at a distance so that no one makes the connection that she has not changed. Inevitably she can't stop being human and meets Ellis (Michiel Huisman) which complicates her solitary way of life. What is supposed to be a simple weekend away at his parents house becomes a trip down memory lane when she meets an old flame William (Harrison Ford).

The film plays out with a selection of flash backs and memories narrated in a very scientific and to the point manner. I really enjoyed the film, it kept me interested in both her past and where her story was heading. Finding out more and more about her past and how she has keeps renewing herself with new identities every ten years. There are elements of both happiness and sadness in this film in good quantities, a film that keeps you thinking once you've left the cinema. I would highly recommend this film as there's not too much mushiness with the romance, the film is more focused on the emotional state of Adaline and the sacrifices she has made over the years. A lot of people would give anything to stay young forever, but at what cost when everything around you changes into a place you no longer know and you start to lose the people you love.

Would you want to live forever?
Sam
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