Age of Adeline – World’s Weirdest Movie Review

Posted: May 3, 2015 in entertainment
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Have you ever been in a place where you hear every noise, and every one of them bothers you to the point of rage?

No? Just me then? Well okay.

I’m sure many (most) people get irritated by the noise of someone chewing something crunchy with their mouth open. Or the widely acknowledged favourite: the sound of someone drawing their nails down a chalkboard.

I remember a time when I was working at my cubicle at the office. The guy in a nearby cubicle was eating something crunchy. It was housed in a ceramic bowl, and he was using a metal spoon to scoop it up, after which he deposited it into his gaping maw, whereupon he chewed it with his mouth wide open.

This was no gentle scooping; there was an element of frantic panic about it. He clanged that spoon against the sides of the bowl like it owed him money. No way was he going to allow a single Cheerio to escape.

I heard another person talking animatedly on his phone. There was heat to his discussion, a passion that could not be ignored (try as I might). Every time I tried to look at my monitor, he erupted with another valiant point and my thoughts were cockroaches scurrying away.

Yet someone else stood up at his cubicle and laughed about something over the baffle wall with his neighbour.

When I heard that metal spoon begin to scrape the ceramic bowl in its final hunt for the least tiny crumb of errant cereal, my anger reached its zenith. I stood up and looked around….and then noticed these noises were affecting only me. Everyone else could filter all of this out, but I couldn’t.

I wanted to throw my keyboard across the room. Instead, I stood there in helpless and impotent rage, wondering what the heck was wrong with me.

—–

The other day I saw the movie “Age of Adeline”.

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I picked the film because of its interesting premise: it’s about a woman who, for some strange reason, stops aging at the age of 29. As the decades flow by, she finds she has to hide herself, move and change her name frequently so that she doesn’t come under scrutiny.

As movies go I have no idea whether it’s great or awful. I mean, I have an opinion about it, but freely acknowledge that it’s skewed by something that may seem inconsequential to others.

Namely, Blake Lively.

I’m not a fan of hers. I’ve seen in her in other films, but was not impressed or depressed by her presence in them.

The thing that stood out in “Adeline” was Blake’s voice. It is the most sweetest, calm and soothing voice I’ve ever heard.

I sat there in the dark, just blissing out on her melodious phrases, couched in the poetic rhythms of speech from elder eras.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so amazed by vocal sounds as much as hers, before the movie or since.

This affected me so much that I plan to see the movie again. It’s like a spa for the ears.

Comments
  1. Wow… now that’s a compliment for someone’s voice… Hmmm.. I actually thought you were going to go the other way with this review based on your beginning. Interesting. I actually had no interest in seeing this film. I’ll definitely catch it when it comes to Blu-Ray and I’ll totally take note of her chalk-screeching, uhem, I mean, poetic rhythmic voice of hers and I’ll get back to you. Hey, if that’s gets you in to buy another ticket, then the movie execs will be happy! Story be damned! LOL!

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    • wolfshades says:

      Heh heh. It’s rare that I want to see a big screen movie more than once, so I guess that’s a huge plus. Never realized until walking out of the theatre how much of a psychic oasis her voice was to me.

      You’ll have to let me know what you think of it once you’ve watched it, Carmen. P.S. Great to see you again!!

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  2. darlenebloggityblogger says:

    There’s a certain regional accent – around Birmingham, AL region – that I find soothing and very attractive. On the down side…loud children in restaurants affect me much like the spoon, bowl and Cheerios affected you. .

    I never go to see movies because as soon as I get comfortable in the theatre seats, I go right off to sleep. I’m just a big waste of money… I wait until I can see on TV or DVD.

    Good to see you writing again.

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    • wolfshades says:

      I know what you mean. There’s a plethora of sounds that cause problems for me. It wasn’t until that time in the office (mentioned above) that I realized just how much of a problem it actually is. I think before I had gotten irritated at some people and situations without truly understanding why, or knowing exactly what the irritant was.

      Thanks for your good wishes! I appreciate that a lot! :)

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  3. contoveros says:

    Your post is like a spa for the soul.

    Cheerios or no Cheerios!

    Michael J

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  4. izziedarling says:

    I always wondered what the attraction to BL was. Thanks for the info!

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  5. val says:

    I had the same reaction to her voice. I was pleasantly surprised because I’m a fan of her other work and I know that she can have a touch of whininess to her delivery or maybe it was just her characters. Not that it’s ever bothered me much before either way. But the cadence and rhythm of her performance was beautiful. She did a great job!

    I also have the same reaction to cacophony around me. I work in a cubicle and I’ve been in the exact same situation all too many times.

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    • wolfshades says:

      Hi Val. As I read your comment, I began re-thinking why it was that she didn’t strike me as a favourite before. Your thought about the possibility that her characters weren’t all that compelling struck a note. I think you’re right – none of the characters she played before did anything for me.

      She hit this one out of the ballpark. So much so that I went an re-watched the movie in the theatre a few nights ago. It was worth every penny.

      Sorry to read that you’re suffering from the noise factor at work too. My guess (at least for me) is that it might be something called “misophonia”.

      Like

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