Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★★

How could I have ever given this anything less than 5 stars?!

This is the most mature entry in the Before Trilogy. Probably the best entry, but my second favorite, what can I say I’m a romantic. It’s evident how much Linklater and his cast have evolved as writers since Sunrise. 

It’s a lot more realistic than the first two films, and it’s almost self aware about the previous films’ faults, I.e. pretentiousness, romanticism. 

“I never noticed until today, but the red in your beard is gone” 

This film often feels like an emotional gut punch, especially if you really bought Jessee and Celine as the perfect carefree couple.

The threat of resentment if present throughout and if you’ve ever been in a longterm relationship you can definitely relate. 

There’s more drama and more conflict in Midnight than there is in Sunrise and Sunset combined.


“This is real life, it’s not perfect, but it’s real.”




THE LAST 3 MINUTES ARE FLAWLESS

WHY CANT I TURN ITALICS OFF. Why is everything italic. 


Anyways, the film also does a great job at fighting the existentialism vs nihilism fight, and it’s nice fto see a film advocate for the former. 


The first time I watched this I thought it was the scariest non-horror film I had ever watched. Four years later, I found it weirdly optimistic. 


P.S. 


SORRY ABOUT THE ITALICS, IM HOPING THAT ITS LESS NOTICABLE WHEN BOLDED AND CAPITALIZED. 

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