The new movie Age of Adaline (funny contrast to Age of Ultron!) fits that description. It’s fine. I’m glad I saw it but it is a definite mixed bag.
Basically it is about a woman named Adaline who has a car accident and is struck by lightning which makes her have the power to never age. She is played by the stunning Blake Lively. She looks gorgeous in the clothes from every era (except for one very bad wig in the 60s). It feels like she has an old soul and Lively even has the posture and quiet way of speaking you’d expect from someone born in 1908.
There is a narration in the movie which is so annoying. For some reason the creators felt they needed to provide some kind of ridiculous scientific explanation for what is happening to Adaline and while the narrator is babbling on about neurons and atoms aligning with the moon I wanted to shut him off. Honestly I laughed a lot it was so bad.
And it really takes away from the magic of the story this terrible narration.
Adaline had a daughter before all of this never aging but she did age and now is played by Ellen Burstyn who looks like her Grandmother. As weird as it sounds I bought them as this strange relationship. Ellen Burstyn has been in 2 movies playing a daughter who is older than her parent in 2 years. Who would have thought of that!
She meets a man named Ellis played by Michiel Huisman who I believe is on Game of Thrones (don’t watch it). He is good and very attractive. They have good chemistry together.
Anthony Ingruber plays a yougn Harrison Ford and it is uncanny. He looks and sounds just like him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so close a non-family match in a movie ever. It is amazing to watch and makes me wonder if they could use him for any young Star Wars scenes or maybe a Han Solo stand alone movie. Seriously look at this picture. Don’t you think he looks like a young Harrison Ford?
Be warned there is a scene with a dog that made me cry. It’s pretty emotional.
The problems with the film are how silly the whole premise is but like I said their attempt to take out the magic and make it about science fell completely flat. I also didn’t think it made much sense for her to keep changing. Sure maybe in the 60s but after years her panic seemed a little strange.
The narration is awful and some of the dialogue is very dopey. Also while Lively is good it is a little one note. It would have been nice to have seen more of her in the different ages. Maybe a Forrest Gump style of storytelling but she fears having her picture taken and avoids it at all costs. It ended up feeling like an ordinary domestic drama without any of the magic.
Still, not a total loss. I’m glad I saw it. I’d give it a C.
Pretty tame content-wise. There’s some sex but most of that is off screen and no other offensive content.
Any of you see it let me know.