I loved this movie. All of the scenes were gorgeous, the cinematography beautiful, and the clothes fabulous. Wikipedia called it an "epic romance fantasy" and I thought that was an apt description.
And being a fantasy, there were lots of stretch your imagination things going on, but here's the most believable and also the thing I loved most about the movie: the reason that Ellis and his father both fell in love with Adeline, aside from her beauty, was because she was wise/smart/educated. They might not have loved her and been so intrigued with her if they had known her when she was really twenty-nine. Ellis really fell in love with the soul of a 107 year old and his father had loved her when she was in her fifties.
Which brings up some interesting thoughts. As we age, are we growing, learning and becoming more and more interesting and interested in the things around us? And if not, why not? How many of us really believe that death is the end? Does anyone? Our bodies age, but our spirits don't.
And what if our bodies didn't age? Would we take better care of them? Would we take better care of our things? I loved the vintage clothing Adaline wore, and I'm not saying that we need to stay stuck in our peddle-pushers and poodle skirts, but when you think about it, isn't the rotating fashion silly? Hip hugging jeans or high-waist pants--does any of that really matter?
Which begs the question, the big question--what does matter? What is really worth our time and attention?
And that's why I loved this movie. It made me think. It made me question things I hadn't really thought of before. And yes, it was fantasy, but real life can be pretty fantastic, too. We just have to make it that way.