Excerpt: A character says that Jesse’s third novel is “a better book—it’s so much more ambitious,” and that holds for the films as well, because the first two films are about possibility, and the third is about reality.
Excerpt: The ‘walking and talking’ aesthetic of the first two films has settled down a bit here, now more sedentary with age and, ironically, it’s when we first follow the two walking again that the film hits a snag.
Excerpt: It’s not exactly heavy on continuity, and most of the back story is covered over the course of the film, but it feels very much like a final chapter, rather than a story that functions perfectly on its own. However, it works wonderfully as a conclusion.
Excerpt: The film refuses to shy away from Jesse and Celine’s very real problems, making it a sober, somewhat brave film. Before Midnight avoids the wishful thinking and addresses, with sadness but acceptance, the uglier side of any romance.
Excerpt: That Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy manage to balance so many things, to make their characters three-dimensional and flawed while also keeping them likable, and make Before Midnight as uplifting and cathartic as it is emotionally distressing, is really the secret to why this series has managed to sustain its quality and appeal. The level of talent on display here, the depth and nuance of the performances and of the writing, is incredible.
Excerpt: For better or for worse — mostly better — Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke may best be remembered for their romantically euphoric trilogy in collaboration with wunderkind Generation X auteur Richard Linklater.