The Age of Adaline is a story about a young woman who stops aging in 1937. The theme – immortality or the fountain of youth – is twisted in ways that make this tale unique and different.
The film has a beautiful cast, lovely costumes, dramatic music, and moody cinematography. Its ‘Twilight Zone’ style narration gives it an additional level of tension and mystique.
On the night of the accident, Adaline goes into a state of hypothermia. This stops her aging process. The narrator describes this in a long-winded technical fashion, but it gives the viewer a sense that something scientific and otherworldly has happened.
“She can be killed, but she will never die of natural causes or succumb to the usual ravages of time… (It’s sort of a vampire film minus the bloodsucking.)” – Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com
The story is set in San Francisco. We see how times have changed from the 1930s through present day; for the city, in women’s clothing styles, culturally, and for Adaline.
Adaline is deeply lonely. She moves to different apartments, changes identities, and experiences the loss of many pet dogs – the only true friends that she keeps.
Adaline has a single long-term relationship – with her daughter who now looks like her grandmother. Then, she meets Ellis.
If you are familiar with my stories, you will understand why this one sucked me in and captured my heart. I enjoyed The Age of Adaline so much that I wanted to dive in deeper, crawl around inside the character’s heads. So it was disappointing to learn that the movie is not based on a book!
I satisfied my desire by writing a continuation of Adaline, Ellis, Flemming, William, and Kathy’s story.
The Age of Adaline joins my list of favorite, memorable love stories; The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, Overboard, Titanic, Somewhere in Time, Fifty First Dates, and Never Been Kissed.
Deleted Scene – Flemming Gets Lost
Deleted Scene – Gas Leak
Making of and Bloopers
Omniscient Narration – Interview with Director Lee Toland Krieger
Interview with Michiel Huisman (Ellis)