Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke (Screenplay) Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan (Story)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Plot: We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.
Tagline – Everything’s better with maturity
Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
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Verdict: Nice Conclusion
Story: Before Midnight starts in Greece now, Jesse (Hawke) must say goodbye to his son who lives back in America, Jesse and Celine (Delpy) are now married living the life they had dreamt with children of their own with a vacation.
While Jesse is having troubles dealing with the idea that his son will be hitting the important years of his life away from his father. Jesse is also working on his new book which is going to be more ambitious that he previous work, the books which told his time with Celine. The couple enter conversations how different generations have dealt with love, the first meetings and how they each kept their relationship happy.
Thoughts on Before Midnight
Characters – Jesse and Celine are now a married couple, they live in Paris with their own twins, they have grown older like they had imagined. They are the same characters that we have met, with the only thing that keeps them feeling different is that Jesse has a son from his previous marriage he wishes to be able to spend time with.
Performances – Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy pick up where they left off 9 years previously, older, mature performance which has done well, even if the characters have started to become generic married couple.
Story – The story picks up 9 years later, Jesse and Celine are now married, dealing with everyday life with their own problems, Celine with the job she has dreamed off and Jesse torn between whether he can spend more time with his son back in America. This shows us just where relationships can go, teaching us they do become harder over time, but love will always pull people through.
Romance – The romance focuses more on what happens when you have been with someone for a longer period of time, it changes what we have been seeing even though it can remain true life.
Settings – We are in Greece this time, showing us the beauty the backdrops this country has, this complete the special look each film offers.
Scene of the Movie – The walk together.
That Moment That Annoyed Me – This one is longer, it does start to lose its special uniqueness of the other two have.
Final Thoughts – For a final chapter of a trilogy this is delightful, it has everything you need to see when it comes to the main idea of being in love with someone, needing to face difficult decisions.
Overall: The end we all deserved.