Before Midnight Movie Reviews
User reviews on Before Midnight
I absolutely loved this film and highly recommend seeing it in the theaters, it was truly amazing. The film is full of small moments that are extraordinary and Delpy and Hawke do such a wonderful job with their roles, I was highly impressed. Mr. Linklater's shooting style is graceful and unobtrusive and I was in seventh heaven watching this film. The movie is truthful, funny and warm and I enjoyed the issues that it was tackling, it was very close to my heart, because every couple will agree that finding love is easy (well not always I guess) but staying together in a committed relationship is the hard part. Overall, this was an amazing film for grown-ups and I hope people will see it on the big screen.
Let's say you have an aversion to the typical mainstream Hollywood romantic comedy (it's basically a minstrel show at this point - I'm talking to you, Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon). Then this is a movie you'd probably want to see to restore your faith in what Hollywood can do with a movie romance. I have seen the previous two films by the same director and the leading pair of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy but I have to say that this one really felt much more relevant. The whole story is about how the couple has now settled into marital bliss and the "ping" that was in their relationship seems to have evaporated. The movie really gets the whole concept of treating your relationship like a living and breathing entity right. So many couples go through this that I think it just might become an audience favorite. It's especially good for couples that have been together a long time. You will definitely be able to relate.
If you're a fan of realistic dramas about grown up relationships, then this is definitely the movie of the season. Rarely are movies this direct and this forceful in the way it goes out of its way to not romanticize the relationship between two adults. I saw the first two films a while ago and while they were very good, I didn't think they were all that memorable. They were kind of like dreams that may or may not have happened. This final part of the trilogy is much more realistic and you won't forget it anytime soon, especially if you have ever been married and wondered where the magic went in your relationship. The couple Celine and Jesse have married and have two sweet girls now, but they seem to be drifting apart. They are now left to try and salvage their legendary love story or simply let it becomes another casualty of the modern romantic world. Julie Delpy is superb in every scene.
Unlike the Batman or Lord of the Rings trilogies, the trio of stories from Richard Linklater-Ethan Hawke-Julie Delpy are interested only in engaging romantic inklings. There are no special effects or battle sequences to be had, yet somehow the universality of the struggle of Love seems as gargantuan and brutal as anything involving a sword wielded from horseback.
For those who haven’t seen the first two films, the story tracks the romance between strangers Jesse and Celine. They vow to reunite a year after a chance meeting, but end up missing each other. He ends up writing a bestselling novel about his experience, and voila, she is back. And then Romance becomes Life.
The story this time is about where the passion went. Married to Celine and enjoying their curly blonde daughters on vacation in Greece, Jesse is worried about being closer to his son from a previous marriage; Celine seems preoccupied with being replaced. Is Jesse going to do something about it, or will he simply retreat into his writing?
The movie is a fitting and serious conclusion (I assume it’s the last we’ll see of Jesse and Celine) to the idea that a relationship is not just what two people say and do to each other, but an actual living, independent organism. Love rarely felt so real at the movies.