Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★★

I don't know what to think, do, or say...Before Midnight is the perfect conclusion to one of the greatest trilogies I've ever seen, a poetic ode to love and its lasting effect on us, for better or for worse. I'm overall extremely satisfied with how this movie played out. It would've helped if the film had given more of an outlook on the strained relationship between Jesse and his son, but this is a near-perfect example of how to do a romance movie. No other romance film that I've seen has come even marginally close to the amount of heart and grounded realism that Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke are able to portray.

What I love most about this film is the way it masks itself under picturesque landscapes. Jesse and Celine first met in Vienna, then caught up in Paris, and are now on vacation in Greece. While the first two installments carefully allowed the settings to serve as nothing less than mood-setters, Before Midnight repels those visual beauties, stripping them away as soon as it gave them. The fight between Jesse and Celine is accentuated with that bleak hotel room, a dark shell of where they both wish to be.

My favorite part was easily how much this film resonates with the viewer; it doesn't portray love like a fairytale, where everybody lives happily ever after. This is perfection. This is real.

I feel insanely terrible for not watching this phenomenal trilogy earlier. Please do yourself a massive favor and check these movies out as soon as possible.

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