Monday, July 8, 2013

Before Midnight

After seeing the possibility of a forming romance between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, Richard Linklater finally shows in the third entry Before Midnight that these two can get together...or can they?

Indeed, by now Jesse and Celine have settled into a domestic lifestyle (though they're still not married) and all seems right in the world. But as most films so often avoid, there isn't a guarantee that there will be a happy ending for everyone. (That's a subtle tease, don't you think?)

Hawke shows a bit more depth as Jesse here than in the previous two films. As we learn early on in the film, Jesse's now divorced and has a strained relationship with his son. Hawke effortlessly shows Jesse's guilt from his failed marriage and lack of a connection with his son. Hawke may have been in a number of flawed films, but his work in the Before films redeems him.

Delpy in turn shows a form of resentment in Celine here. She's willing to stay happy amid mixed company but behind closed doors, Celine isn't afraid to speak her mind. She's bitter about giving up her independence, and Delpy is simply fantastic.

It's amusing, isn't it? Usually the third film of a trilogy is the weakest of the three. But with Before Midnight, the opposite can easily be applied. It's a mature film on a mature subject, and Linklater captures it wonderfully. And if there's any justice in the world (or at least Hollywood), Hawke and Delpy will get nominated for their work.

My Rating: *****

1 comment:

  1. I loved this film too! I also hope Hawke and Delpy will get nominated. As great as they were in Before Sunset, they were, arguably, even better here.


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