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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…
"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…
man, it was heart breaking seeing them fight. The film does a good job never making you choose one side of the other.
I'm getting a little teary thinking about the whole thing.
Life gets uncomfortably real in the third installment of the Before trilogy. Jesse and Celine's relationship is different. The belief in magic has shifted. Celine is much more cynical. Jesse is in the midst of the consequences of his decision to be with Celine.
Before Sunrise feels like a mythical journey of time and love, like a nostalgic memory. While Before Midnight has it's feet deeply planted in the complex inner workings of their relationship. They are no longer two distant universes meeting each other for the first time. They are an ecosystem of love, insecurity, time and life.
The continued transcendent acting and chemistry of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is perfect. They feel as genuine in the darker…
Oh my, this wasn't even nominated for the best actor/-ress.
Why wasn't this even nominated for best picture?
A broken smile, years past; Together, a married life; Father of two, a new place, a new life, live the healthy desire? Acceptance, mother of two, in the land of myth; A week out with family.
In the chimes of a man in his forties saying goodbye to his son, Before Midnight casts away a brilliant opener. The woman he found, talking her job lingo on the phone, waiting for him brings a heartwarming smile to the face.
Even after the years, Richard Linklater hasn't lost his sway at fantastic dialogue. The sliding of camera, capturing the most picturesque of moments. When two strangers from the nineties who roamed the streets of Vienna have now each other, Linklater turns his…
I hope no one thinks that my giving all 3 movies 5 stars is proof of me being to easy on them. I mean, surely there's SOMETHING I could critique, right?
Linklater's Before trilogy is perfect.
Any other film with a fighting couple would have been, well, any other film. But after falling in love with Jesse and Celine in Before Sunrise and cheering for them in Before Sunset, I couldn't help but cry with them in Before Midnight. Every fight, ever harsh word, every beautiful moment they shared pulled me right in and refused to let me go, not that I ever wanted to leave. As with the other two films, I finished this one with a smile on my face. It was nine years between the first two, nine years between the last two, and I wouldn't mind meeting up with Jesse and Celine again in 2022.
The third entry in the romantic story between Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), this film is a horror movie compared to the almost fantasy-like first film. The roles of Celine and Jesse still fit the actors like a glove and it was refreshing and new to see the two interact with other people on a longer basis. But like the calm before the storm, the passive-aggressiveness kicks in and it's shown in a bigger scale due to the scenes done in long takes. From Jesse's passive-aggressiveness to Celine's consistent stand towards feminism, the hotel climax is just genuinely hurtful to watch, considering the goodwill we have for these characters in the previous movies. That the movie never turns…
Everytime I watch one of the 'Before' films I get reminded how much I am like Jesse, Ethan Hawke's character.
With this viewing I just realised how truly special this romantic trilogy is, and that Midnight just edged a little bit further ahead as my favourite.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.