What would you do if you were to remain twenty-nine years of age for the rest of your life? Some might think that this would be ideal, while others would consider this to be a horrifying experience. But this is the life of Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively). Through a series of fantastic phenomena, she has remained as a 29-year-old for eight decades. She has to experience a life of solitude and separation, because she cannot age with those that she is closest to in her life. Her life is veiled in secrecy, until she meets Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), a philanthropist who ignites her passion for life and unknowingly he is a link to her past. What seems to be an innocent weekend away becomes a crossroads for the truth and a chance for her to decide what she will do with the rest of her life.
I will freely admit that a good romance movie is a lovely thing to experience. Romance is not my favourite genre, it has its place in film history, and while The Age of Adaline won't win any awards for groundbreaking film making and the like, it certain does fill a void in this year's celluloid offerings. With the fantasy element of eternal youth (the premise of which requires a modicum of suspension of disbelief), it's a good film for the romantic at heart, and has a degree of geekiness in it that will satisfy the male audience, while still allowing the female viewers to revel in the romantic aspect of the film. Blake Lively was excellent as the lead, portraying the melancholy of a woman who lives with the mind of an elderly woman trapped in a perpetually young body. The rest of the primary cast is superb, with good performances from Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn to the young actors that portrayed them in earlier decades, the characters were convincing and didn't cause any distraction.
This movie, to be honest, provides some of the best discussion subject(s), even before the film starts to roll. In our temporal era of desired eternal youth or the desire to merely appearing young, The Age of Adaline permits the audience to see the curse that this gift can be on anyone's life. A good movie, a romance movie, but one that ultimately proves to be a philosophical journey of sorts.