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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 may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Before Midnight might just be the best film in the Before trilogy. Darker, more raw, more tender, more emotional (if that's even possible), and more heartfelt; Before Midnight is a perfect combination of all of Linklater's talents, and this film couldn't be more special.
What I loved most about this installment is that the arc that our favorite characters take is much more devastating and drastic than you could possibly imagine. Before my viewing, I heard a lot about this film being depressing or dreary. Sure, that is true, but what we also have is a film that is honest and truthful, no matter the situation.
Almost every scene in this film is gold. The opening conversation with Jesse's son.…
Let me start by apologizing to anyone who was following this trilogy in real time. I had to wait 12 hours between watching two of the movies, let alone 9 years per movie.
Okay THIS may be my favorite of the three and I'm kind of shocked. I LOVE how this trilogy has evolved too.
Sunrise has all of the romanticism of young love: eloping, spontaneity, lots of fast-paced conversation.
Sunset is a slower, but more calculated effort of two acquaintances stumbling upon one another by chance and following the pair as they catch up while they stroll through the districts of Paris.
and then there is Midnight . Midnight takes the duo, and thrusts them into reality. Whereas the…
The third (and final?) installment in writer/director Linklater’s impromptu trilogy of chance encounters and young love, picking up nine years after Céline (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) met up again in Paris. Now a real couple (albeit unmarried) with twin girls, the pair spend the summer vacationing in Greece, having lost none of their charming banter or effervescent chemistry; as they are now entering middle age, though, their once-naïve tones have gained a cynical edge. Thus, their repartee is now somewhat wicked and nasty as they discuss and debate life, work, family, sex, and love. It’s a natural progression from the casual flirtations of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset’s recognition of true love, but no less enjoyable or romantic;…
Jesse and Celine together on the screen again
Intelligent people having intelligent conversation
(Ok, also some pretentious bullshit)
The occasional minefield of romantic conversations
Ik kijk deze films niet in de juiste volgorsde maar bon, nu alleen de eerste nog. Ik weet dat ik de 2de 'Before Sunset' toevallig zag op tv.
Nu was dat ook het geval en het is zo leuk om deze films toevallig tegen te komen! Zo origineel. Echt met niets te vergelijken.
Héél straf hoe je conversaties, zo'n lange dan nog wel, zó interessant kan maken en houden. En dan ook nog tof in beeld kan brengen.
Moet moeilijk zijn!
Ook graaf dat er echt 9 jaar zit tussen elke film!
Amai wat een zaag die madam!
"I used to wake up to that sound of your eyes opening and closing"
"The world is fucked by unemotional, rational men deciding shit". I love how confrontal the movie is, the way it develops. Now it's more intriguing to know what the characters are about to say, what they have in their minds.
The dynamic between Julie and Ethan is just mesmerizing. Brilliant dark comedy timing.
PD: Ariane Labed is fucking charming.
A thousand times better than its predecessors. Just... wow. This movie gives even more depth to the characters of Jesse and Celine and I didn't think that would be possible. This is greatly due to the amazing performances by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. They can carry a scene that lasts 20 minutes so fluently it's incredible and Linklater's writing just blew me away. His status in the writing community rose to insane heights in my eyes. The cinematography was easy to watch and never drew attention from the deeply enthralling dialogue. All these things and accompanied by a beautiful score. I definitely recommend checking out the score. Honestly, based on the previous films, I didn't think this film would…
CELINE AND JESSE FOREVER
Richard Linklater’s trilogy of romantic films are really a delight to watch. After exploring in depth, interesting characters in the first two features, this third film yet again features another solid story with terrific performances. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are once again terrific on-screen, and building on the chemistry in the first two films, they create something that is once again wonderful to watch. The story takes place nine years after the events of the second film, and it feels as if you’ve never left these characters. What Linklater does so well is create wonderful, well developed characters that you actually care about, and add to that, that the actors have terrific on-screen chemistry and you have a fine…
Before Midnight was surprisingly my favorite of the Before Trilogy. I could go on for days and days about this film, but I couldn't produce a single meaningful or coherent thought. Before Midnight is one of those movies that you dare to talk about because of how perfect it is. People better than me can, have, and will, but I'm not up to the task. Nothing I say can really capture the essence of Midnight. I'm angry that a movie has me so speechless. It's just amazing, in almost every single way. The best acting of the trilogy, the best writing, cinematography, story, almost everything. I love this movie. I beg you to see it. Please.
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations