Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★½

“I am giving you my whole life, okay? I’ve got nothing larger to give. I’m not giving it to anybody else”

Concluding Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, Before Midnight has moved well beyond the idyllic romance of where these characters began into a mellowed, realistic study of a relationship that gorgeously balances the honesty and warmth of the second instalment with a newfound sense of reflection and understanding. It’s approach is less optimistic than before in a way that feels wholly relevant and natural to their development; examining the course of their lives and consequences of their choices similarly to Sunset although now with an added feeling of refined depth and substance that’s once again played so sincerely by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, making their on screen chemistry feel so lived-in and unfeigned. Although I’d initially felt somewhat disconnected with Sunrise I’ve really grown to adore and appreciate these films, each I feel improving on what came before to create an intimate and captivating arc of two endlessly loveable characters.

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