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Everything's better with maturity
We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.
Whilst Before Midnight, the concluding chapter (or is it?) in Jesse and Celine’s decades spanning romantic saga, is as insightful, intimate and articulate as the preceding installments it proves to be quite a different experience. Gone is the hopefulness of youth and in its place is the pragmatism of adult life as the fairy tale couple come to terms with the reality of their relationship.
Richard Linklater’s Before… series is one of the finest relationship dramas in all of cinema. Spanning twenty years and some of Europe’s most beautiful cities, the trilogy has emotionally grown with the characters and audience. Whilst both Before Sunrise, and to a lesser extent, Before Sunset, were built on the optimism of a what-if fantasy,…
The Good: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy deliver the finest performances of their careers; absolutely Oscar-worthy stuff. Top-notch screenplay. Perfect balance of romance, drama, and comedy. Rapid-fire laughs; more hilarious than the previous two films combined. Quotes galore: "You are the fucking mayor of crazy town." "The upside to being over 35 is you don't get raped as much." "Kissy, kissy. Titty, titty. Pussy..." The impressive long take of the car ride from the airport. Jesse and Celine's conversation with their friends at the lunch table. Celine's lab rat impression. Celine's bimbo act. The walk to the hotel. The epic quarrel in the…
"Its still there. Its still there. Is still there. Its gone..."
Jesse and Celine are sitting at a little bistro table next to each other while staring out at the sun setting behind a hill in southern Greece. They are at a nice little place by the waterside and there are torches lit, and quiet conversations going on in the background. You can almost feel the warm breeze and taste the oceanic air. They are both staring at the setting sun and Celine is commenting on how its still there, still there, and then its gone below the hill. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy's age lined faces are now cast in shadow and a slight frown appears on both of…
Sunny Sunday symphony
Sands seeping slowly
Slowly suddenly swiftly
I saw this at a Press & Industry screening at Sundance. About a half hour before the screening, an executive from a studio showed up. Someone in line asked if he was attached to the film in any way and he said, "No, I'm just here as a fan."
It was that kind of screening.
It's probably impossible for me to have hated this movie. They would have had to spectacularly fuck it up, and there's no reason why they would. They're too smart and it's not like this is a sequel to a film that made $100M.
At the screening, the audience was rapt. People were tearing up before the credits were done. By the end, nearly everyone was.
This review contains no notable spoilers for Before Midnight, but does talk about Before Sunrise/Sunset
For the past several days, I have come back and forth struggling to review Richard Linklater's Before Midnight. I went through the various stages of formulaic review openers that ran through my head. "What is love?" I thought of starting one review with. No, too generic and pretentious. Not authentic enough. A review about my personal life in relation to this film? No, I want to talk about why this film is great, not me. A generic rundown of the film? This film is more special than that.
It is such a hard film to write about, not due to it lacking simplicity. What has…
Too European. Not really capturing.
There's something about the Before trilogy that hits you hard on the emotional level. You don't even necessarily have to have experienced similar events like the characters to connect with them. The characters themselves, their imperfections and realness are the real driving point to this entire trilogy. The fact that these two people know each other so well, and definitely don't see eye to eye on everything, but still love each other unconditionally brings something special to the screen that I haven't seen a romantic drama before.
Their story isn't a fairy tale, Before Midnight takes the story in a direction that was hinted at from the beginning. Jesse and Celine avoided their meltdown multiple times in the previous installments,…
Grandioser Abschluss der tollen "Before"-Reihe.
Before Midnight revolves around adopted personalities. Throughout, Jesse and Celine put on persona's meant to parody the other's sexual interests (Jesse's a Spanish/Greek lover not a fighter type, and Celine is a blonde bimbo stereotype). While this is all fun and games, the signs point towards the impending doom of the relationship 3 films in the making. The final fight between them is a remarkable achievement in acting and direction as it takes so much restraint to simply allow the scene to unfold as if a real couple were actually fighting before our eyes. The fight scene was meant to be the culmination of 18 years of playful disagreements coming to a head, but in fact, it was truly the…
Funny, unique and moving, but perhaps my least favourite of Linklater's 'Before' trilogy. Still, I enjoyed 'Midnight', which, like its predecessors, refuses to be corny and chooses instead to be real. Delpy and Hawke are undoubtedly at their best when left alone to simply stroll and chat.
Jaja. Begynte å grine denne gongen òg. Men slutten er alt for positiv.
The genius of BEFORE
MIDNIGHT is its placement within Linklater's trilogy. Watching the pieces of the relationship begin to crumble as Delpy and Hawke's characters struggle with the monotony and disillusionment of their relationship--the honeymoon phase is over. The hotel argument is gut-wrenching, almost too painful to watch as the film grounds the viewer in, what Hawke's character defines, the realities of "true love." The huge takeaway is that people are not intended to be one dimensional, forever-exciting entities that come free of their own problems; humans are complicated and Linklater has done a brilliant job conveying this truth.
Uncertainty is a common topic amongst this "trilogy" of sorts. This film really exemplifies that, as we meet Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy again, in a very different stage in their life compared to the last film. They are parents, and a lot of their discussions now focus primarily on their children, and parenting. What these films do beautifully is stay on a conversation. There are long, long takes, on conversations that would ideally last five to ten minutes in the average film. But with these, the conversations are the highlight, and become big pieces of the story being told. This film is different from the others in chronicling every struggle of a long-term relationship that there is. They talk…
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