‘The Age of Adeline’ touches audience through timeless portrayal of love

by: SARA MARSHALL/Photo Editor 

Life can be full of surprises, especially when you live as a 29 year old for more than eight decades.

“The Age of Adaline” is a touching, thought provoking movie in which Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) discovers that running from her past doesn’t mean she has to always be on the run.

Adaline begins the movie in a small apartment in San Francisco, where she is purchasing a fake ID from a young forger. This turns out to be just one of the many fake IDs she has purchased in the past several decades.

After getting to work late at the San Francisco Library’s office of archives, Adaline begins watching an old film reel and her life story is explained.

She had been a normal girl, born on New Year’s Day in 1908. Her life had progressed as many had in the early 20th century: she got married to a handsome engineer, had a baby girl two years later and became a widow soon after due to an accident during construction on the Golden Gate Bridge. At the age of 29, Adaline suffered a freak car accident one snowy night, which caused her to never age another day.


Her life then becomes very complicated as people begin noticing her ageless appearance. Adaline is pulled over by a police officer, and it is discovered she is now 40, but still appears 29, causing her life to soon spiral out of control. A few years later, FBI agents pick her up to supposedly ask her some questions, but she escapes and realizes the need to run.

As the film reel ends, Adaline is back in the present day and is preparing to move from San Francisco to a small farm she owns in Oregon. But first, she makes plans with a friend to go to a New Year’s Eve party, where she meets the handsome philanthropist, Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), who does everything in his power to win her love and affection.

Adaline spends the rest of the movie battling her instinct to flee from her past and begin a new life as old friends catch up to her and new friends begin changing how she feels about life on the run.

“The Age of Adaline” portrays a story of timeless love, self-preservation and the ability to accept change. This romantic drama was released April 24, 2015 in theaters and Sept. 8, 2015 on DVD.

The movie was very well written, and the actors did a wonderful job of portraying their characters. I believe the plot did not lack anything, and I hope to see more stories told like this in the future. This is definitely a movie I plan on watching time and time again. I rate “The Age of Adaline” a 5 out of 5 stars.

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