Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★½

My Podcast Episode About The Film

I'm currently sitting in an airport, contemplating my time with The Before Trilogy. Obviously I loved them, that much is obvious from my scores. But what may not be obvious is how affected I was by them. I may not believe in many things, but at the end of the day I am as hopeless of a romantic as they come. The first movie in this trilogy, Before Sunrise, has had me crying each time I watched it. The same can be said for the sequel and this film. I want nothing more than to believe that in this endless void of depression and darkness humanity has named "Life" there is a single thing that shines through that: love.

That being said, this film takes the concept of love that it built over its two predecessors: beautiful, magical, indestructible; and tears it into pieces. It looks you in the eye as it rips out your still beating heart and bites a chunk out. Before Midnight relays the painful lesson that love isn't perfect, and it never will be. But even if it isn't perfect, and if it's painful at times, it will always be worth trying to save.

This trilogy is a beautiful, complex, deeply prophetic look at love, and one of the single greatest trilogies to grace cinema. I may have only given this a nine out of ten, but I anticipate my love for this trilogy only growing with time, as I myself go through new struggles and age and learn more about myself and life. I implore you to see this trilogy if you haven't. Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and Richard Linklater truly made something astonishing.

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