The Age of Adaline | Movie Review

Friday, September 16, 2016

My husband and I don't pay for cable at our house, so we indulge ourselves by binge-watching TV shows and movies on Roku channels like Hulu and Netflix. 

I recently came across The Age of Adeline, starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford on Hulu, and though I was reluctant to watch a chick-flick, I clicked the icon. Hey, why not? Every once in a while, it's good to rest your brain and watch pretty people fall in love on your TV screen. This movie didn't disappoint, as far as typical chick flicks go, either. It had everything: romance, tragedy, faux science, family issues -- all of it, wrapped together tightly in a reel of predictability.

From the first moment the narrative voice began to speak, I knew what to expect. For some reason, though, movies like this one have a strange pull on me, and I watch with intense fascination; as if I don't know what's going to happen.

This one is set in 2014 and follows the tragic life of Adeline Bowman, a woman who, because of a crazy freak accident, has been stuck at age 29 for almost 6 decades. As she packs her bags and prepares to change her name, move, and create her 6th new life under a different name, she falls in love.

I won't give away more than that, as far as the storyline goes. I will say that, though a beautiful and talented girl, I was kind of disappointed that Blake Lively seemed bored through some of the scenes. Maybe it's just her style of acting? It reminded me of the nonchalant high schooler she played in the "Gossip Girl" TV series. Also, throughout the entire movie I was expecting Harrison Ford to play the character she falls in love with, but his role was much more depressing than that.

Overall, this one's a 4 out of 5 stars for me. Probably because it was exactly what I expected, and I watched it exactly when I needed a mental break.

Have you seen The Age of Adeline? Let me know what you thought of the movie in the comments below!