Earlier this year I was lucky enough to see Blade Runner: The Final Cut on the big screen, thanks to it being widely re-released. Something I have to confess is that this was my first time seeing it, despite the fact that I’m both a huge sci-fi fan and a huge film fan. As many people already know, the complex and intriguing story is handled delicately, and you’re given just enough to figure it all out for yourself, whilst still having some questions about the film after.
When later discussing the film, I was surprised to find out that the original version had a voice over in many sections, supposedly because the studio didn’t think the audience would be able to figure out what was going on. So, why have I been talking about Blade Runner and not Age of Adaline? It’s because they both suffer from this same problem.
Age of Adaline is well made, it’s interesting, all of the actors are good, and some of the shots are very pleasing on the eye, but there’s a bizarre and intrusive voice over at both the beginning and end of the story. On one hand, I understand what they were going for. The more fantastical elements of the story are a little out-of-place, and having a voice over gave it a fairy tale quality. On the other hand, it’s just so strange. The chosen voice is almost a parody of old-fashioned film voice overs, and the words spoken are by far the worst written dialogue in the film.
Other than this strange choice, I was pleasantly surprised by what Age of Adaline had to offer. The story went exactly the way you would expect, but the acting is all solid, and when the emotional moments are happening, they do hit. It’s just a shame that one decision soured what was otherwise a film that appealed to me, despite it being a story I’ve seen many times before, and it being part of a genre I’m not usually attracted to. There’s also a fantastic Harrison Ford impersonator, so… that’s a thing.
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