Tuesday, December 31, 2013

REWIND REVIEW: Before Midnight

Before Midnight

Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy


May 24, 2013

Richard Linklater

Sony Pictures Classics

1 hour 49 minutes



There are people out there who consider "Before Sunrise" to be one of the best romantic movies of all time.  Personally, I disagree with those people, as I feel that the sequels surpassed the original by miles. Each film I felt got significantly better in terms of portraying its characters and telling a fascinating story that people could invest in.  Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy might have reached their masterpiece with "Before Midnight," as to me, it finally did what I expected the first two films to do: play out as if these characters were real people.  Celine and Jesse, the only two characters in every scene in the film, aren't particularly happy being together, and it really shows as the film progresses.  In fact, almost the entire second half of this film takes place in a hotel room with these characters arguing, and yet it was the single most engaging part of the movie to me.  After 18 years, three films, and a lot of growing up between the actors/screenwriters, "Before Midnight" was made, and boy oh boy does it cap off this trilogy perfectly.  This film successfully shows that even people who are madly in love with one another can have their relationship put to the test when age becomes a factor and kids start growing up.

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