Adaline Bowman was born in the early 20th century. At age 29, Adaline, who is widowed with a five year old daughter, gets in a freak car accident in which her heart temporarily stops. After two minutes, a bolt of lightning acts as a defibrillator and brings her back to life. A fake scientific explanation is then given to explain how, from then on, she is ageless. As Adaline reaches her forties, she begins to realize something is wrong and people become suspicious. She must leave her old life behind and begin a new one somewhere else. For almost eight decades Adaline does this; she moves to a different place every ten years. However, her life of solitude is disrupted when she meets Ellis Jones, a philanthropist who coincidentally has a connection to one of Adaline’s previous lovers. Throughout the movie, Adaline struggles with the decision to let herself fall in love and be happy or continue to live a life full of loneliness and despair.
The move takes place in present-day with occasional flashbacks. Blake Lively, who plays Adaline, is both endearing and wistful. She is the perfect choice for the character and definitely outshines her co-star Michiel Huisman who plays Ellis Jones. Additionally, the romance between Adaline and Ellis could have been a little more developed as he falls in love with her right away (an arguably outdated trope). Harrison Ford also plays a role in the movie, and I would have enjoyed seeing more of him.
The movie had a very intriguing plot that keeps the audience wondering what is going to happen, though the beginning of the movie went by slowly. It also lacked some sort of emotional connection, given everything that Adaline lived through. All in all, the movie deserves about 3.5 out of 5 stars. Anyone who likes love stories will definitely enjoy this movie. It has a different and interesting storyline with a captivating lead actress.