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'Adaline' a date night movie guys might enjoy

Age of Adaline

Age of Adaline

Where are original ideas? The "Age of Adaline" is a romantic drama about the main character who, through some quirk of scientific fate, doesn't age. That's an idea well examined in TV's "Forever" and Showtime's "Outlander" series. Granted at least in "Forever" the character can die but comes back to life in a river. No such thing here.

Adaline, played by Blake Lively, is introduced circa early 1900s just prior to her "change." After the change, her character is aloof, full of herself and overly confident with a stand-offish style. She does nothing that would insult anyone, she just comes across as an unlikable character.

She lives through amazing historical events that are only represented by brief flashbacks and newspaper headlines. Yet as unlikable as she may seem, she regularly meets with her daughter Fleming, played by Ellen Burnstyn, who could pass as Lively's grandmother.

For a romantic drama, it wasn't as boring as you may think. The plot kept rolling along with help from the flashbacks and scenes of historical significance, such as constructing the Golden Gate Bridge. It really picks up when Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker make the scene as Ellis's (Michiel Huisman) parents. Ellis is Adaline's romantic interest.

Ford did an excellent job in pulling you into caring for his character. I think this is one of Ford's best performances.

Huisman (you may remember him from "Game of Thrones") is more of a supporting character here, and not a very memorable one at that.

It's a story of lost love, putting off love, revising who you can love and finally finding love. Yes, it does have a happy ending.

Guys, you probably won't fall asleep during this one, and ladies, you can leave the tissues at home. There is no nudity and if there was any profanity, I missed it.

"Age of Adaline" is rated PG and is about 110 minutes long. This may be a good "date night" movie, and with that in mind I'll give it 3 out of 4 Miners. By the way, you may end up actually liking Lively.

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