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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 hotel room. The final scene. The "letter." Pretty much…
"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…
We should probably know better than to question the talent behind this trilogy again. After having all our fears quashed by the perfectly brilliant Before Sunset, the prospect of a third film with these characters was yet again somewhat daunting. Surely lightning couldn't strike a third time in exactly the same way.
Well, we were halfway right. It's not exactly the same, certainly. Before Midnight is a much more world-weary film than was Before Sunset (and certainly much more than Before Sunrise.) Like Linklater's Boyhood, these characters have aged before us on screen, and their life experiences have shaped both them as individual characters and the overall tone of the film. As it was in both previous installments, Before Midnight…
Strange, I like these films more in reverse order.
3 > 2 >>> 1
Before Midnight, is amazing. Though, I don't know, it quite possibly could be my least favorite, or favorite of the series. It's had the most impact on me I believe, and that's a feat alone. Before Midnight is an honest and true film. It shows their deepest fear in both films, what if they grow old and grow apart and start to hate another? You get to see it in a hotel scene, which is just hard to sit through because it's so brutally honest, true and frustrating. Seriously, and it makes the film a whole lot more R rated then the first two. Multiple F bombs, one C bomb and some nudity I didn't see coming because the first…
"But if you want true love, then this is it. This is real life. It's not perfect, but it's real. And if you can't see it, then you're blind, all right, and I give up."
I was a bit let down by this. I didn't love the first 2 movies, but I enjoyed them a lot and thought they were really sweet and I loved the fact that it is the same actors used throughout the trilogy, you gotta give it to Linklater and the people that he convinces to take on these challenges, it really makes for special movie watching. But I didn't like what he did with the characters this time, at all. I found Celine quite unbearable…
I think I dislike this one the most in the trilogy, not because it's badly made or anything (on the contrary, it was a brilliantly made film with its great acting, dialogues and writing matched by its beautiful and organic long takes), but all the magic dissipates and you are left with a real life couple going through realistic situations and having these heart wrenching, terrifying fights which are so grounded in reality, that you begin to feel their pain and fear, even if not all of it is explicitly expressed or said out loud. And it terrifies me of life as a whole. Nothing that seems magical lasts forever. Life isn't a bed of roses and you have to…
lost stars because there were children in the movie.
This is more a review for the whole trilogy, rather than this movie. It's basically impossible for me to review these movies objectively, they connect so personally on an emotional level to me I could literally watch all 3 back to back on command.
Linklater has a gift, his naturalistic style of filming and dialogue take us into a world we want to live in, he speaks to the bullshitting philosopher in all of us, I honestly can't recommend any director to teenagers more than Linklater. Considering how reliant on dialogue his movies are, they're pretty fucking incredible.
In short this is my favourite trilogy of all time, and my favourite romance movies of all time.
Thank you Richard Linklater.
Farwell, Celine and Jesse. It's been a great ride.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Llevo dos años evitando esta película. Sinceramente lo he hecho por puro miedo. Miedo a terminar esta maravillosa saga, miedo a que no terminara como a mi me hubiera gustado y miedo, mucho miedo, a que 18 años hubieran hecho que se perdiera la esencia que dejaron estos dos personajes tan complejos en la noche de Viena, y que supieron retomar con tanta naturalidad por unas horas en París.
"Antes del anochecer" es como un gran puñetazo que te da la realidad y te destroza por dentro. Pero como la vida, esta película es agridulce y deliciosa y ha superado totalmente mis expectativas. Qué bien sienta equivocarse algunas veces.
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
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