Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★½

An incredibly satisfying end (?) to this series. Richard Linklater takes the story of this couple to its logical endpoint in this third installment. This movie is about what happens when real life gets in the way of romantic love and youthful idealism. The characters' neuroses, imperfections, and resentments are on full display in a series of increasingly arresting set pieces. I would probably rank it second in the trilogy behind the masterpiece "Before Sunrise". Each film in this series greatly enriches the others, and as it stands now Linklater's trilogy is one of the most affecting in movie history, made all the more wonderful by the unlikelihood of its existence.

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