‘The Age of Adaline’ Trailer Review

By Cassandra Eiler

Sparking memories of the 2002 movie Tuck Everlasting, director Lee Toland Krieger introduces The Age of Adaline. The trailer features a character unaffected by the passage of time. Adaline Bowman, played by Blake Lively, encounters a near-death experience that mystically turns into the gift – or curse – of immortal life. She remains frozen at age twenty-nine.

     Lively captures the screen with grace and poise, as her character smoothly interacts with people in everyday life while never letting even the slightest hint of her secret unfold. Just as convincingly, Lively gives insight into the heartache and sorrow of watching her loved ones age. Furthermore, the story shows Adaline’s struggle to hide her past, forcing her to live a solitary life. It’s not until she meets one specifically charming young man that she considers risking everything to get close to him and start living again.

Although the trailer begins with an unrealistic occurrence, the tone and mood allow for realistic expectations to be replaced, making it a believable, serious drama. Suspension of disbelief develops quickly, allowing the rest of the trailer to move forward. The trailer keeps the story and tone on the right track.

The trailer includes supporting actor Harrison Ford in the role of Adaline’s close childhood friend. His role is beneficial as he asserts a sense of urgency in bringing to light to the fact that Adaline runs from life, but she will never be able to escape. He says, “All these years, you’ve lived, but you’ve never had a life.”

Although the film incorporates fantasy, the trailer carries powerful, universal truths about life, loss, and love. Depicted in this way, the film’s message creates a captivating story that could reach out to various audiences and spark important questions about life. What would you do if you could live forever? What should you do now since you can’t?

The Age of Adaline’s release date is April 24, 2015.