AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 20-26: THE AGE OF ADALINE

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adalineposterOpening April 24, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Age of Adaline, the new romantic drama from director Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever, The Vicious Kind). The story, from screenwriters J Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, has at its heart the eponymous Adaline (Gossip Girl star Black Lively) who lived a normal life until a freak car accident rendered her ageless and immortal in 1933. For the last 80 years, only Adaline and her now aging daughter (Ellen Burstyn) have known her secret, but a chance meeting with charming philanthropist Michiel (Game of Thrones‘ Ellis Jones) threatens to change everything. As she develops feelings for Michiel, Adaline’s guard is lowered and she agrees to meet his family, only to discover that his father (Harrison Ford) is someone she was romantically involved with 50 years previously. Read on…

Having appeared in smaller roles in films like Green Lantern and Savages, Lively gets her teeth into her first big-screen lead, embracing the fish out of water elements of a character who must constantly reinvent herself in order to adapt and survive. Adaline’s struggle with modernity is an interesting dynamic, as is her relationship with her much older daughter – one that is, intriguingly, turned on its head. And it’s the performances of Lively and Burstyn, along with a compelling turn from Ford as the man who must confront his past while safeguarding his son’s future, which are Age of Adaline’s greatest strength

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

MaryAnn Johanson: My pick is The Age of Adaline, because it sounds like the sort of romantic adventure that male protagonists have gotten to experience onscreen before, but never a woman (to my knowledge).

Film Details:

Title: The Age of Adaline
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Running Time: 110 minutes
Language: English
Shooting Location(s):  Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Principal Cast: Harrison Ford, Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Michiel Huisman
Screenwriter(s): J. Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz
Production Company: Lakeshore Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Sierra / Affinity
Distributor: Lionsgate
Official Website

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of April 20-24, 2015:

April 24

The Age of Adaline

The Forger

The Water Diviner

Little Boy

After the Ball

Adult Beginners

Eden (Mia Hansen-Love)

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.