‘The Age of Adaline’ is impressive, magical

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Ellen Burstyn (left) and Blake Lively (right) star in “The Age of Adaline,” which was released to theaters on April 24.Photo courtesy of showtimes.com Ellen Burstyn (left) and Blake Lively (right) star in “The Age of Adaline,” which was released to theaters on April 24.

Story by John GruccioContributing writer

Photo courtesy of showtimes.com Ellen Burstyn (left) and Blake Lively (right) star in “The Age of Adaline,” which was released to theaters on April 24.

Photo courtesy of showtimes.com
Ellen Burstyn (left) and Blake Lively (right) star in “The Age of Adaline,” which was released to theaters on April 24.

I could have reviewed something amazing like Avengers: Age of Ultron, however, this film is most certainly nothing to scoff at. When I walked into the theaters for The Age of Adaline, I had no idea how much of a real leading lady Blake Lively truly could be. Wowing almost an entire crowd, Lively definitely makes a game changer with this romantic drama.

After a mysterious accident, Adaline Bowman, played by Blake Lively, was given the gift of immortality. What most would take as a magical and beautiful gift, slowly turned into an unfathomable and relentless curse. While remaining at the age of 29 for almost eight decades, Adaline has watched almost all of her loved ones die, with the exception of her loving daughter.

With this price of endless beauty, Adaline has become bitter in her existence and view of the world, until she meets Ellis Jones, a charismatic philanthropist who singlehandedly reignites her love for life and romance. Soon, the two become very close; however, when her secret is close to being discovered, Adaline must make a decision that will change her life forever.

Blake Lively is not only gorgeous in this film, but plays her role perfectly , as the title character. Through her impressive acting in this film, we are given a real treat. After starring in TV’s “Gossip Girl” and films, “The Town” and “Green Lantern,” she has finally let it be known that she is indeed a talented actress and this is her roaring performance.

The film has a supporting cast led by a dashing newcomer Michael Huisman and being rounded out by veteran actors, the always fantastic Ellen Burstyn and Harrison Ford. Huisman fills the shoes very well of the newest model in the long line of potential leading males. I am honestly speechless when it comes to
Burstyn’s work. She has redefined herself as an actress. This is not a film I would have expected to see Harrison Ford pop up in. However, just like Burstyn, he gives a special and unlikely performance. He shows us all his ability to not only play alpha male roles, like Indiana Jones or Han Solo, but stretch his acting range to accommodate for more sensitive roles.

One thing that surprised me about this film was how Adaline goes through the different eras of the 20th century. Throughout the film and the unmerciful bouts of loss we see Adaline go through, this film is a flawed fairytale, and that is what makes it unique. We have never seen the real story of a princess who got what she wanted but it came with a costly price.

This director did an awesome job picking his cast, but with the heavy hitters he picked, he has some issues bringing their characters and the plot together.

I definitely recommend that you go see “The Age of Adaline.” It would make for a great date movie or even just a film to see with friends. Either way you won’t be disappointed.