Adeline (Blake Lively) is a young, beautiful woman who becomes ageless after she is involved in an accident. After many years of living forever young and not ageing a single day, Adeline meets a new man who will challenge her to question the eternal life she has become comfortable living. Adaline cannot age, and therefore, she cannot die. While she is watching the world continue people around her slowly die around her. Will her past ever catch up with her?
Now before I go further, I purchased this movie as a blind buy. I knew very little about the plot and film before watching this on Bluray. I’ve never even seen a trailer for it. I asked myself ‘did the film even go to cinemas???’ Surely it did???
The 1st thing that took my breath away while watching the film is the incredible audio track. The film pays such a significant amount of detail to the audio track from the film’s opening scene to the ambient noise surrounding our leads; even just the gentle soundtrack as snow falls on the road. The visuals here are only as good, perhaps even better! Both elements are something I speak positively. Many shots are very creative and captivating. I found myself glued to the film from the start, just based on the quality and details alone.
I also personally enjoyed some the acting in this film. Adeline, played by Brake Lively, brings such a gentleness and innocence on screen. Adeline is a character who has been on the run, living in sadness and fear, feeling alone. Even her very own daughter is getting older and dealing with old age. The second mention is the surprising performance by Harrison Ford. Without spoiling the film, I will say that Harrison Ford’s performance gave me a new and improved take on the actor. His character alone could almost steal the whole movie. The actors manage to bring such emotion to the scenes.
In regards to plot, I started watching the film with the intention that I would just wait a little bit and go to bed. I’m shocked to say that the movie sucked me right in until the end credits. I’m not a big sucker for drama or romantic films, but this film just felt so new and fresh with its stunning performances. The film also managed to sneak in some mysteries.
As for disappointments, some of the dialogue between Adeline’s new possible love interest can come close to corny, which is a shame because the script otherwise was enjoyable. Also, a narrator telling us information can feel forced, or perhaps the director thought we couldn’t figure the story out on our own. Without spoilers, I can say the film’s ending can be questionable, but hey, it’s just a movie people.
Overall, this is a film that surprised me and sucked me into a genre I don’t usually enjoy. Due to Blake Lively and Harrison Ford’s excellent performances, this is a film that is suitable for any guy or girl to watch. Give it a go- you might be surprised, just like myself.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden