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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…
To make a truly perfect trilogy is impossible, but with “Before Midnight” Richard Linklater has come closer than any other filmmaker. With these three films Linklater has made us feel that we have witnessed the last twenty years of Jessie and Celine’s life when actuality the we have been a part of their lives for less than a day in movie time. In this film their relationship is much more strenuous than then the past films, which is what makes this film feel new and not a rehashing of a previous films.
The fact that they argue more and do not have as stable of a relationship is handled perfectly by Linklater, for he approaches their dialogue with a very…
I don't know, a little bit too much drama.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This was the one that really defies the typical hollywood happy ending and shows that love doesn't always work out for everyone. Overall, I really enjoyed watching this trilogy.
Nine years on from their French connection, Jesse and Celine holiday in Greece and find themselves at a crossroads in their relationship. Before Midnight is a romantic drama, not a thriller, but if you have seen the first two films and care about the characters and their fate then some of what happens will have you on the edge of your seat. It's a testimony to the fine acting and screenplay that makes their situation so realistic and sympathetic. The chemistry is still there, but a lot has happened in the last nine years and like all relationships there needs to be a lot of reconciliation, acceptance and healthy dialogue for there to be a happy future. I started watching…
Half a chub away from a full chub!
The best of the Before trilogy.
"It's not perfect, but it's real." But... it's perfect.
If Before Sunrise was about connecting, Before Sunset was about reconnecting, then Before Midnight is about not losing that connection.
Linklater has always known how to tell a story without resorting to exposition, and the beginning scenes with Hawke's Jesse are a masterclass in slowly letting important details be teased out. You know later that his pain and conflicts are real.
As are Delpy's Celine. She may be a Madeline, a dream object, in Jesse's books, but she's also a real person - and in this film, far more like the take-no-prisoners feminist Delpy that we've seen in her own films such as the hilarious and gutsy Two Days in Paris than ever before. It benefits from this, as it…
Better than "Before Sunset", inspiring and goes through a lot of very interesting and complex situations you may run into in life. Amazing actors and script. Recommended.
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.