sandrocorvetto’s review published on Letterboxd:
Before Midnight picks up the story nine years after the events of Before Sunset, with Jesse and Céline now as a couple spending a summer together in Greece.
Something i really love about this movies, is how Linklater can take a concept as difficult to pull off, as a movie about 2 people talking, and not only make something great out of it but make it look easy.
It has the recurring themes of conversation of the previous movies, but while Before sunrise used them to show the dreams, aspirations and views of the world of this characters (where they wanted to go) and Before sunset used them to reconcile those ideas with who they were becoming as adults (where they were), Before midnight is about them finally having to abandon the romanticize version of life to face reality and all the unkind trues about it, contemplate death, the things they wanted to do, the resentment they have for each other, and from the get go we get a different dynamic, these is not about sporadic encounters anymore, this is two people that know each other, what the other want, even when the other doesn't realize it, what they fear and finally and most important they know when the other is full of bullshit.
The acting is great, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke do an amazing job, with characters they prove to know very well. The direction and cinematography are also incredible, The movie uses the camera work to make the movie more dynamic but its does it on a way that complements the dialogue and doesn't distract from what is happening.