THE AGE OF ADALINE

PG-13

THE AGE OF ADALINE is about a young widow, Adaline Bower, played by Blake Lively, who remains twenty-nine forever, after a car accident has rendered her ageless. I know so many women who would love to look twenty-nine forever, myself included, but, Adaline, who was born in 1908, runs away from relationships because of her immortality until she meets a young hunk, Ellis Jones, played by Michiel Huisman. You might recognize Huisman as Daario Naharis on the GAME OF THRONES on HBO. The chemistry between Lively and Huisman jumps off the screen and makes this romance film.

Adaline’s daughter, Flemming, is played by one of my favorite actresses, the brilliant Ellen Burstyn. It is strange to hear her call Adaline, “Momma,” since she looks old enough to be Adaline’s grandmother. Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker round out the cast as Ellis’s parents

Even though the premise of immortality has been handled dozens of times in movies and television, I was really looking forward to this film after seeing the trailers. It looked so great but it really got off to a slow start. . The action pickes up when Ellis takes Adaline home to meet his parents at their 40th wedding anniversary celebration only to find that William and Adaline had been lovers in the 1960’s.

The writers used a narrator, Hugh Ross, throughout the movie to explain parts that the writers didn’t think they could explain through either dialogue or action. It was just creepy. He sounded like “death” in the BOOK THIEF. The movie would have been better served if they dropped the narrator and got more creative with their writing.

The script is weak and full of clichés. It often fails to suspend our disbelief. As usual, I polled members of the audience after the screening at Ronnie’s Theatre, in South St. Louis. Most of the men disliked film and thought it was goofy. Many of the women reported they liked it but weren’t overwhelmed by it. Only a couple of older women loved it.

Directed by Lee Toland Kreiger, the AGE OF ADALINE, a definite chick flick, is a sweet little romance that felt more like a Hallmark channel movie than a big screen production.