Lionsgate’s first trailer for The Age of Adaline starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford has presented itself as a “timeless” romance. Spanning across over 100 years, the story revolves around a woman who has the extraordinary gift to never age. How does she cope? By throwing shade at her would-be suitors. Can Adaline learn to lower her guard to accept love? Watch the trailer after the break.
Tuck Everlasting. The Fountain. Interview with the Vampire. The Wolverine. Moviegoers are not unfamiliar with the concept of eternal life. It is a wish fulfillment many seek and the story has been told time and time again. The Age of Adaline takes a romantic approach, focusing on one woman’s journey to cope with her miraculous accident.
The trailer looks very pretty, and presents all the right messages. Best of all, this is not a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, but rather an original story written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz. I’m a fan of Lively’s previous performance in The Town, however her past roles in Green Lantern, Accepted, and Savages I have found to be unmemorable; though I blame the writers in those cases. She has shown a lot of talent, and although I have not seen an episode of Gossip Girl, I believe Lively can deliver a good performance.
On the other hand, it’s strange to see Harrison Ford pop up in a film like this. We’ve seen the actor dial-in appearances in Ender’s Game, Cowboys & Aliens, Morning Glory, and The Expendables 3, but we forget how charming and talented he can be. I’m not saying he does it all the time, it would just be nice to see him give a little conviction and heart into his roles. It makes us Star Wars fans concerned for the upcoming film.
Regardless, I’m staying optimistically cautious for this one. The Age of Adaline presents a sound concept, but a familiar one. Let’s hope it can be executed well.
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Here’s the plot synopsis for The Age of Adaline, courtesy of Lionsgate:
After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger, The Age of Adaline stars Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, and Ellen Burstyn. The film will reach theaters on April 24, 2015.
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