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The Age of Adaline – Movie Review

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The Age of Adaline Movie - 2015
The Age of Adaline Movie - 2015

 

The Age of Adaline has a wonderful story, memorable background score, great camera work, and intense acting. From the start to the last scene of the movie, you feel engrossed in it. I will not talk about the scientific reason or explanation of what happened to Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) as it is futile here. All I can say and write about The Age of Adaline is that it is an extremely well-directed film and all the actors have given their best. You won’t find anyone without a purpose in the movie. Something that is very rare nowadays. Hats off to Lee Toland Krieger for directing such a pleasing piece of Hollywood cinema.

The story mainly revolves around Adaline Bowman, and she is well-supported by all the characters in the movie. Full credit must be given to the casting director for choosing Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman as the lead characters of The Age of Adaline. Veteran superstar Harrison Ford has been at his best as he normally is with a purposeful cameo in this movie.

Blake Lively Has Literally Lived Through Time In The Movie
Blake Lively Has Literally Lived Through Time In The Movie

The film’s Storyline

Let’s talk about the story in detail, The Age of Adaline is a story of a young woman named Adaline Bowman. Because of a road accident in 1935, at the age of 29, she develops a phenomenon in her genes that stops aging like other humans. Talking of age, you would feel anyone in this world would love to stop aging and enjoy being young forever, especially women. But, here comes our protagonist Adaline Bowman, a beautiful woman (by every stretch of imagination possible). It is said of her, All these years she’s lived, but she’s never had a life. Rightly so, after enjoying her “forever young fate” she reaches a point in life where she thinks of stop running from people and her destiny.

She sees her husband, family, dogs, friends die and the world change year after year. But what happened to her life? She had become stagnant in all these years. She had to run from this cruel world for her safety, she even abandons her only daughter to live in peace. All these measures prove futile as she is again and again reminded of her long life lived so far and it breaks her heart. Finally, she falls in love with a young man Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) and thinks of settling down with him forever this time. But as luck would have it, Ellis turns out to be the son of a man (Harrison Ford) whom Adaline loved some four decades back. But she left him because of her inability to fulfill that relationship. At this moment, one can truly feel the pain of Adaline. Her mental state can be guessed when she says, I have been running for so long. I don’t know how to stop?”

To avoid this undesirable situation, she decides to take an extreme step of leaving Ellis for better. But destiny has something else for her, and she again met with a road accident. This time her unique physical condition is reversed as we see in the last scene that she notices a “strand of white hair” on her head. Adaline smiles and the movie ends.

Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman's Chemistry Works in The Age of Adaline
Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman’s Chemistry Works in The Age of Adaline

Characters to watch out in The Age of Adaline

Blake Lively: Up until yesterday, I had no knowledge of who this girl is? But I fell in love with her acting prowess the very first time I saw her on screen. Blake Lively has literally lived through the ages on the silver screen in The Age of Adaline. She looked gorgeous wearing all those gowns in 1920s, 30s, 40s and so on till 2015 when the movie ends. Blake Lively deserves a perfect 10 for acting as well as looks. With all those emotions and her trademark smile she is truly the life of “The Age of Adaline”.

Harrison Ford: His role is the defining cameo in the movie. Harrison Ford has given his everything in those scenes. His expressions are awesome and so does his acting as you would expect from the stalwart. It was his role that gave the movie much needed finesse.

 

Rating & Verdict of The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline movie gets a 9 out of 10 mainly because of its memorable music and wonderfully executed storyline. At some moment or the other you will feel asking yourself a question: What you would have lived through had it happen to you?

If you like romantic movies and believe love is powerful, it’s a movie you must watch. The Age of Adaline portrays love in various forms and through many ages. You will certainly enjoy watching it. The film is available on Netflix.

The World of Movies Rating: 9/10

 

Title: The Age of Adaline

Year of Release: 2015

Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger

Written by: J. Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz

Running Time: 113 minutes

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Company: Lakeshore Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

 

Image source: Screenshots taken and created from the movie.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

Jinn – Movie Review

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Jinn Movie
Jinn Movie 2014

Movie: Jinn

Year: 2014

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Languages: English (Mainly) Arabic & Urdu (Some Dialogues)

Genre: Thriller, Horror

Jinn Movie Review:

Well with all due respect to the director for his “novel” effort to introduce the concept of “Jinn” to the Western and European audience. In my view the “Jinn/Djinn” proved to be a very below par movie. The reason for this is that the story-line is really very weak and the plot too is really not interesting at all. The movie literally goes nowhere with the script. I also have reservations regarding if the concept of “Jinn” is really explained in a proper way or not. I am a Muslim by birth and I have not read or heard anywhere anything like this what is shown in the movie. Although, Jinns live with us in this world without letting us know about it, but there is nothing as such that there is a group of Jinns who wants to rule the world. So, as such there is a flaw in story-line anyways it’s a thriller cum horror movie so no one expects reality in it. But, still the director must have done a bit more research on this subject. Now coming on to the technical aspects of this movie. Besides, that this movie has a star cast who are not very famous it also lag “special effects”. The fighting scenes are really very poorly constructed and it don’t give a feel of a 21st century movie. From acting point of view too this movie doesn’t offer much to its audience. Dominic Rains is the lead character and he is really “pathetic” if not less. Serinda Swan is beautiful and that’s it…there’s nothing in her role too that can appeal you. Faran Tahir and Ray Park are looking as if they are “overacting”. The music/background score of the movie too is not so appealing. Overall, I am of the view that Mr. Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad needs to work a lot if he is “ever” thinking of making a sequel of this movie.

My Rating of Jinn Movie:

I have given 4 out of 10 to this Jinn movie mainly because I didn’t like any element of the movie. The plot, music, acting, special effects etc. all are below par from an average Hollywood flick. To be frank I had high hopes from this movie, but all I end up with is lots of disappointment.

My Verdict of Jinn Movie:

If you have nothing to see at home on a day only then see Jinn Movie that too without any expectations. There is every chance that you might stop seeing the film in the first hour itself. But if you really want to know about the “Jinns” then please read some authentic Islamic Sources they will give you a better picture than this movie.

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Welcome To Karachi – Movie Review

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Welcome To Karachi
Welcome To Karachi Poster.

Movie: Welcome To Karachi 

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: India

Language: Hindi & Urdu

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Rating:

4.5/10 – IMDb 

33%  – Rotten Tomatoes

Welcome To Karachi Review:

Before writing anything about the movie, I would love to emphasize the fact that it is a “Political Satire“. However, it may not be the best of “Political Satires” that we have seen till now. But, keeping in mind the films that have hit the screens this year so far, it is definitely one of the best till date. Now coming to the film, it can be said conspicuously that it is has a totally “illogical” story-line. But, as this is a comedy what else would you expect? The ending of Welcome To Karachi is really very “unsatisfying”. One would have been wondering actually what happened to “Shami and Kedar”? The visual effects of this movie are just “okay” there’s nothing to tell about it. The music is fine although not too great. The main “USP” of the movie is its cast. Be it Arshad Warsi, Jackky Bhagnani, Lauren Gottlieb, Adnan Shah, or Ayub Khoso. All the characters have played their role very well. Even, the small characters too have given awesome performance. Among the scenes that I like the most is the one that happened outside the Indian Consulate Office in Karachi. It may be an exaggerated scene with no reason and logic but, it conveys a very clear message in the form of “stupidity” that how today’s “International Relations” are going on. Every country is jealous of its rival and want to “eliminate” it. The move also sheds a light on “American” involvement on Pakistan’s land and how things are manipulated. The truth is not always what we see, it differs from person to person. I am happy to see that this movie doesn’t promote any “ultra nationalism” or “hatred”. The director has dealt well with a weak but, comic story-line. For me Arshad Warsi was the one who really carries the movie along on his shoulders. Arshad is well-known for his ‘comic” roles in Bollywood and once again he delivered it well in “Welcome To Karachi”.

My Rating of Welcome To Karachi:

I have rated the movie 9 out of 10 mainly because of its small but powerful punches of “dark political satire” and some awesome acting by the cast. With just over 2 hours this is a wonderful comedy film to relieve your mind of all the tensions you may have.

My Verdict of Welcome To Karachi:

If you like some “lighthearted” cinema that make no sense. But, gives you entertainment and lot’s of funny moments to laugh about then go for this. I bet you will not be disappointed. Just forget the “logic part” and enjoy the movie…! Anyways there’s very little logic in India and Pakistan relations!

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The Star of The Week – ALICIA VIKANDER

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Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander

About Alicia Vikander:

Alicia Amanda Vikander born 3rd October – 1988 in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. During her teens Alicia wanted to be a “Dancer” but, due to some injuries in her late teens she quite on her dream to become a dancer. Before making her debut in Hollywood Vikander played many roles in regional soap operas and short films. Her best known swedish character was in the Swedish TV drama “Andra Avenyn” (2007-10). She announced her arrival in Hollywood with  her role of “Kitty” in Joe Wright’s Romantic Drama “Anna Karenina“. After this she starred in the Julian Assange’s Biopic movie “The Fifth State” alongside British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. She got some strong praise for her role in the 2014 movie Son of a Gun. As of 2015 she will star in as many as 8 movies. Her role of “Gaby” in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” has been appreciated all around. One major role she has done is in the movie Ex-Machina, in that movie Alicia has performed the character of an Artificial Intelligence named “AVA”.  She has already got few awards for her role in 2010 movie”Pure“, for Ex Machina and for Danish Girl. One of the most anticipated movies of her this year is “Burnt” co-starring Bradley Cooper.

My View of Alicia Vikander:

I have watched her first in Seventh Son after that in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Ex Machina and I really loved her acting skills as well as her beauty and in my view she has the potential to become a big star in the near future. 2015 is surely going to be a big year for her professionally. You can simply say that Miss Vikander is a fine actor with a lot to deliver to us. Seeing her acting in Pure, Hotell, Ex Machina, Danish Girl and Anna Karenina one can easily fell in love with her. She is an innocent looking intense performing actress who always seems to be in command of her role.

Movies to Watch of Alicia Vikander:

1- Pure (2010)

2- The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015)

3- Hotell (2013)

4- Burnt (2015)

5 – Ex Machina (2015)

6 – Danish Girl (2015)

My Overall Rating of Alicia:

7 out of 10 mainly because of her intense acting skills and charming innocent looks. I loved her character Gaby in The Man from U.N.C.L.E and  AVA in Ex Machina without doubt she has given her best till now in that movie. I am eagerly looking forward to see her in Burnt and The Danish Girl.

 

Image Credit: IMDB

Source: Wikipedia (For some facts)