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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…
The final chapter in Linklater's wonderful work of art is a beautiful exploration of love actualization. This film tells it like it is whether you think it or not and does so in the same pattern of genius writing that made the first to so great. It's romantic at times, but overall tragic in ways not needing explanation. Hawk and Delpy and incredible as always and the film wraps up a story of real life love and tragedy.
Look, I understand subverting the fairytale. I understand dealing with the realities of a long-term, transcontinental relationship full of egos, resentments, an estranged son, and an ex-wife. But the bottom line is that I just wasn't sympathetic to, or even very interested in, the conversations Jesse and Celine were having in this movie, and that is absolutely the kiss of death when it comes to this series.
Ethan Hawke described Before Sunrise as a film about what might be, Before Sunset as a film about what could or should be, and Before Midnight as a film about what is.
I think he described the three movies perfectly.
Y con este retrato no ya solo del amor, sino de su ocaso acaba Linklater esta trilogia con los mismos trucos que nos ofrecio en los dos primeros capitulos. O mejor dicho con la ausencia de ellos.
Porque nos ofrece otra gran vision de lo que es el cine puro: Guion y actores.
There's a potency to Before Midnight that isn't there in Before Sunrise or Before Sunset. Gone are the wide-eyed idealistic fairy tales of their younger days. Jesse and Celine have settled into a long-term relationship at this point, and their relationship operates in a much different course as a result. And Richard Linklater rips the Band-Aid off slooooooooowly.
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are truly extraordinary actors - if it hadn't been for their fantastic acting capabilities, the Before series would be an entirely different machination. Their personalities as Jesse and Celine are still intact, but they're exhibited in different ways - instead of having conversation with the intent of learning about the other, they speak as people that know…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This trilogy and boyhood are both inconceivably amazing pieces of cinema and life in general by their sheer simplicity and the evident sense of personal growth by both the actors and the director. I do find it amazing that a depiction of life can become an actual piece? of life and its just beautiful
Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke commentary.
Brilliance upon brilliance.
We all age but will love age?
This review covers all three "Before" films.
I doubt that Richard Linklater knew that his 1995 film, Before Sunrise, about a young couple who meet on a train in Europe and spend the night getting to know each other—which is based on a night Linklater spent with a girl he met once in a toy store in Philadelphia—would lead to at least two more films over the next 18 years. Those films, Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013), give a glimpse into the lives of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy).
I watched Jesse and Celine morph and age both physically and emotionally as I followed them through three days in their 18 years of knowing each other.…
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In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.