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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…
God am I a sucker for these films. Before Midnight differentiates itself with beautiful cinematography, and some other great characters besides our lovers.
I just love revisiting these two. The hotel scene is just stunning.
Couldn't believe that they did it again. And how well they did it.
I had put off watching Before Midnight for some time. I had seen and adored the first two films and thought a third installment in the story was welcome, though unnecessary. Before Sunrise was a perfect romance. Before Sunset was a perfect sequel. Together the two capture a unique and outstanding film project. A third installment would nicely round the first two films off into a trilogy while retaining the 10-year gimmick that made the two so intriguing, but why build onto a perfect romance and risk the integrity the films took so long to create?
Sunset left us with a perfect open end, one with which we could idealize a future of these two souls walking through the streets…
Loved it. Probably only works for those who have seen the first two movies but it's a little gem of a movie. Highly recommended for anyone who's been in a relationship for more than a few years
Excellent work all around, as per the usual here. This entry definitely has the most depth, but is not far ahead of Sunset and, in some ways, is almost grating.
The film is ultimately foreboding - I expect that we'll see a fourth entry here at some point and I get the sense that the series will end up going from romance to tragedy.
Of course, we're all just passing through, so what happens will happen.
Nachdem mich der zweite Before...-Teil etwas enttäuscht hat, war ich bei diesem wieder voll dabei und begeistert mehr von Jesse und Celine zu erfahren. Ihre völlig unaufgeregte Art sich zu unterhalten, zu streiten und zu verstehen hat mich fast wie beim ersten Teil begeistert. Dabei spielen Ethan und Julie so selbstverständlich das vertaute und streitende Paar, dass es den Zuschauer vergessen lässt, dass er nur einen Film sieht.
This trilogy is just...wow.
not as good as the first ones but i liked it anways
Before Midnight is better than its predecessor but still fails to capture the magic of the original.
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