I wanted to see this film, but I was scared because I didn’t know if Blake Lively had it in her to be able to carry off what I perceived the story to be. I thought she was terrific in films like The Town and Savages, but she was a woman of a certain type and I thought that was the extent of her range. I was quite surprised, no, I was so impressed by how well she carry off the role and what she was able to do with the part.
You can read my review here: Time to Fall in Love: a Review of The Age of Adaline.
I think what really made the movie work for me was the complete and utter control of it’s narrative structure. It didn’t get carried away with the fantastic circumstances of Adaline’s life and instead focused on the story at hand and only told what was necessary to tell this tale. It made no grand sweeping gesture of trying to make Adaline’s life any more rich or grand than what it already is. We get it, she’s stayed young and youthful over the better part of 80 years. There was no need to go through the intimate details of each time period as an excuse to just put Blake Lively in as many wigs and costumes as possible.
It just told her story in the present and it’s that control and mastery of the narrative that really worked for me and made this movie so enjoyable.
It was very well done. It hit me at the right spots and it was quiet and charming and never veering towards the melodramatic. Completely enjoyable.