August 7, 2020

Ageless: Aging Through The Movies

Ageless

Ageless is a brand new game and already part of our fantastic summer offerings.

That’s right. Ageless was released just a few days ago (yup, the game was released on July 28th), and instantly became part of a fantastic summer sale here at IndieGala. Sadly the sale ends very soon, and you should definitely get it while it’s hot. You’re going to need it this summer.

And what makes it so great and well… hot? Well, it’s one of the latest video games developed by One More Dream Studios and published by Team17. But it’s at the same time an exciting adventure game that features some of the best topics out there. Age, age manipulation and aging in general. Let me explain.

Ageless

Ageless: What’s the game all about?

Well, it’s about the main protagonist of the game. Kiara. That is you, of course, AKA the player that gets to play this game. Kiara will find herself lost, confused and alone, but at the same time with the power to control the age of flora and fauna. This particular gift was bestowed onto her by a magical obelisk, and her new journey will begin there. With an epic journey tough lots of choices and facing the inner demons.

But at the same time, Ageless is a story-driven puzzle-platformer game. You have to go through a lot of obstacles and puzzles in your game-play. Furthermore, you must alter the age of animals and plant life around you to progress across the mysterious world. Not to mention, you’ll have to defeat the merciless bosses that stand in your way.

But along with the powerful gift of becoming ageless (and of course control the laws of nature), you’ll also gain the ability to explore new worlds. And discover hidden relics and collectibles too. Is Ageless up your alley? Then you know what to do.

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Ageless: Movie Picks That Feature Aging (Or Lack There Of)

Aging is a very specific topic for me. However, I adore writing about such things. I love niche topics which I can explore in depth. To dive into the tiny details and interesting facts. Topics like conversion of 2D games into 3D for instance. Or the history of the home consoles were a fantastic challenge for me. But this is another good one too. So, which movies fit the most here? The ones that feature the yearning to stop the aging process, or the ones which there’s total lack of control over it? Let’s pick from both sides, shall we?

Death Becomes Her

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Have I mentioned that I’ve seen Death Becomes Her about 1865 times by now? I have, indeed and I’m not even sorry. It’s a fantastic movie with incredible actors. Furthermore, it fits perfectly with the theme of this post. Two of the main characters (played by Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn) are trying to reverse the time on their bodies and stop the aging process. They’re trying to remain young and beautiful by any means necessary. And although this is probably the oldest movie on this list, the visual effects are still holding up even by today’s standards. No wonder the Oscar for Best visual effects went to Death Becomes Her.

It’s an iconic movie on so many levels. Not just for the acclaimed VFX part of the movie, but also the practical as well. For instance, a pneumatic bra was built to create an effect where Meryl’s breasts become higher and firmer after drinking the potion. But sadly the effect didn’t look realistic enough. So, to get the shot, Streep’s dresser stood behind her and pushed her breasts into position. Awesome! Also, Isabella Rossellini revealed that she had nothing on but a sarong and necklaces for all of her scenes. Cool right? Yes, very much so.

Mr. Nobody

Probably one of the most intriguing and thought-provoking movies on this list. A movie about, you’ve guessed it. Mr. Nemo Nobody. A 118-year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. He looks back at his life, his lost loves and his hardships at several key points of his life-span. However, Nemo is Latin word for “nobody”, and several other interesting references (like this one) are also peppered thought the movie. A recurring phone number in the film, 123-581-1321, which is the start of the Fibonacci sequence. In addition to everything else the street where Nemo’s parents first meet is called Butterfly Lane. Of course, that’s a reference to the Butterfly effect. But this is an incredible movie that deserves your attention. Jared Leto is fantastic in the lead role, and so are Sarah Polley and Diane Kruger. It’s a must watch.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

What if you can age in reverse? From a very old age back to a baby? That’s really the case with Benjamin Button all right, and it’s one of David Fincher’s finest movies to date. But don’t think for a second that it’s was an easy movie to make. Hardly. Brad Pitt stated that it took five hours each day to complete the makeup required for the role. This was also Brad’s third collaboration with David Fincher, after Fight Club and Seven respectively. And not only this was a difficult movie to make, it took decades for it to be completed. Originally Ron Howard was supposed to direct it, with John Travolta in the role of Benjamin Button. But this is a must-watch movie for any film buff. I highly recommend it.

The Age of Adaline

While Benjamin Button aged in reverse, Adeline stopped aging after a lightning strike accident. She stayed 29 for decades and decades later. But despite the melodrama and stylistic refinement of the movie, this is a really good movie overall. Yes, way too polished for my taste, but with incredible performances by Blake Lively, Harrison Ford and Michiel Huisman. However, the two (older) icons Ellen Burstyn and Harrison Ford have no scenes together. And according to some estimates, Adaline is 107 years old in the modern-day story. But one other fun fact about the plot is also true. The story about the ships beneath San Francisco (told in one scene) is very much true. Hundreds of ships were abandoned by hopeful gold miners, and much of downtown San Francisco was built on top of them.

Jack

And let’s end this post on a lighter tone. With a movie starring the one and only Robin Williams no less. Jack. A movie by Francis Ford Coppola, Jack is a movie about… Well, Jack (played by the wonderful Robin Williams). A boy who ages four times faster than normal as a result of Werner syndrome. We watch Jack in his struggles to adapt to the world around him, but at a much faster pace. Certainly, we also see his attempt to experience as much of life as possible. Because he knew it would be a short life. Jack got plenty of negative reviews after the release but managed to find a following as time progressed.

But Robin was in fact, the second choice for the role. Tom Hanks was the original choice for the lead role because of his performance in Big. Ironically, Robin was considered for the lead role in Big, back in 1988 too but turned it down. However, this is a very sad movie as well. Namely because of the disease itself, and because of Robin’s performances. Jack’s condition is based on progeria, a real-life condition that causes rapid aging. The average lifespan of someone with progeria is just 13. But I highly recommend it. You should watch it even if you’re just a fan of Robin. I know I am.

Your ageless picks:

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