Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★★

“Before Midnight” caps off what would essentially become one of the most pure, authentic, and emotionally charged film trilogies ever made, with this film standing out in particular as arguably the most raw, mature, and painfully realistic out of all three films. As in here, Jesse and Celine’s love for each other is put to the ultimate test as each passive but engrossing conversation between each other becomes much more personal, brutally honest and even heart-wrenching at times, culminating in a pivotal hotel-room argument that just had me floored. But of course, it still delivers on the masterclass level of brilliant acting, writing, and directing we’ve come to expect by now, but it all comes together in a way that truly brings all the other films together in the most satisfying, meaningful way imaginable. Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke should each be fully commended for crafting one of the greatest love stories of our time as each film truly stands as something uniquely special and serve as brilliant works of filmmaking in their own right.

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