The Age of Adaline
Blake Lively is back ladies and gentlemen in The Age of Adaline! Fresh from spending her time as an A-List celebrity’s wife, who loves to bake and even run her own business on the side, Lively has actually found time to make a movie. She has been awfully busy taking care of her young children, off-late, if you are addicted to gossip columns, like I am, sometimes, but it is so great to see that this woman has not changed post-motherhood at all.
Six seasons of Gossip Girl spent dressing in black laced short dresses, with a fishtail, and living in a rich apartment on the Upper East Side, later, Blake made some resoundingly wise professional decisions. Blake Lively was never a silverscreen star or a lauded actress on the small screen. But what she was, however, was a woman with no opinion at all.
She likes to get busy with her life, and retreat into the haven she shares with her husband and kids. And while she is there, she has some very strange concepts to how relationships work but you never know about this, until a tell-all emerges in newspapers about her latest knitting adventures…..there goes having the Sunday tea, without women trying to compete with her over a man, and that being all over anywhere your eye wants to go!
Adaline is a strange, poised blonde, with a beauty that is captivating enough to have wars fought over it. But Adaline has kind, hopeful and mischievous eyes, is always dabbling in melancholia in a bubble that seems to be quite far fetched from reality, which is what attracts you towards her story. This woman stops aging as she touches on 30, but keeps this secret from all.
She goes really far to stop the news from coming out, moving from one home to another, taking a new name everytime. She fears the truth coming out and how people would look at the whole episode, but then her latest’s crush takes Adaline home to meet his parents and things are never quite the same any longer, as Adaline and the patriarch in the family (Harrison Ford), have an instant hidden undeniable spark.
The film was refreshing when we were still talking about her eyes and her tantalisingly childish nature, but as you change cities, settings, cultures, histories, with a woman who has lost the ability to age, entirely, you land on a completely different plateau altogether! Is her whole life about that marriage, despite having gone through so many hard circumstances?
The film eventually loses momentum and gets repetitive, when you are not trying to understand who Adaline really is, over her silly litte infatuation/romantic episodes whih takes greater priority, suddenly, over the hardships she had to endure, because of possessing that rare ability to freeze aging for herself. These stories are crucial to the silverscreen, because these roles are often caricatured in a light that is quite confusing.
Attempting to get to the bottom of these characters shouldn’t be frustrating – the feelings that people, such as these incite in human beings, should not resonate on the screen so hard, that the audience begins to pain, waiting for the slow release of justice to do it already. The film has to move forward from becoming a scotch waste of a time, with its seeemingly neverending dusty reel of storylines.
The frames of the story are already long enough, such as how infuriatingly childish Adaline can be about a young romance one day, and a much more mature liaison that she instantly jumps next, to on, that gets so nauseatingly heady, you are back to the drawing board, in confusion again, about who/what Adaline really is. Precise and simple, would have been a better approach to the story. Also, where is the “happily ever after” story going exactly, post her somewhat hurt and private dinner conversations with Ford’s character? Does a marriage really, really solve this complicated woman’s complicated problems?