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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…
Ojalá no hubiera visto ninguna de las tres para volverlas a ver otra vez sin saber absolutamente nada.
Definitely not as brilliant as the first two. Or maybe because I'm just not at that point in their lives yet to experience things like this. Whatever the case, Before Midnight was a satisfying conclusion(?) to the 'Before...' series.
I think, in some regards, it was a little too different from the first two (in the sense that there are moments when Jesse and Celine are not on-screen together - plus there's a shit ton of fighting, but I did anticipate that. You can't stay young and optimistic and happy forever. At least not when you're adults with jobs to do and kids to raise - especially if one of your kids is in another country with his mother who…
A wonderful end to a wonderful trilogy.
What a raw and emotionally packed movie. And I think what makes it so powerful is that Celine and Jesse might just be the most realistic couple ever portrayed in cinematic history. And what is so masterful is that Linklater has taken the stoic realism of Celine and the carefree romanticism of Jesse that was established in the previous films to such charming effect and driven it forward to the logical conclusion of what those two personalities would do to each other over 20 years later.
In some ways this movie terrified me more than anything the horror genre has produced in the last few years because the issues they encounter and bristle over seem so plausible and universally…
The last act is so difficult to watch but it's so good. What a perfect ending.
Of course we had to finish watching this trilogy on Valentines day.
What a shock to be dropped in his life as a father saying goodbye to his son then straight into his new life with Celine as his wife and their twin daughters. This movie had a edge to it a danger in it the whole time.
It's as thought the original connection and love is about to get lost in the guts of working out the hurts and personality conflicts that come in time in any good relationship. The fight they had at the hotel is about as long, intense, realistic and good as I have ever scene in a film. Wow.
I had this sense how are they going to recover from that. Maybe they are not. I was moved by his initiative to pursue her and her willingness to move a bit. It just takes a little to bring back some warmth and hope.
i'm not sure if i rushed through these too quickly and let myself get bored by the end of it or what. i will say i find this to be the worst of the three, although on a scale from one to ten, my personal preference for watching two incredibly bitter people fight for almost two hours is almost at zero. still, well-acted and well-written, if angry people are your thing.
I kept avoiding seeing this film for months and months (a whole year even!) but I finally did it and it's been an emotional journey (and a realistic ending to the trilogy, I'd say).
Screw you for making me cry bye.
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