Sunday, June 16 2013, 08:56 AM MDT
Movie Review: Before Midnight
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delphy
Recommended To: Adults looking for an honest film about the trial of sustaining love and romance over a long period of time.
Synopsis: Two decades after Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delphy) met on a train headed to Vienna the duo find themselves together in Greece.
Review: In 1995 director Richard Linklater teamed with rising stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy to produce Before Sunrise, a beautiful romantic drama about a pair of strangers who meet on a train in Europe and spend a wonderful evening together before going their separate ways. In 2004 the trio collaborated on the equally gorgeous. Before Sunset. Nine years later they return with the near perfect Before Midnight.
The film is everything that Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 was supposed to be. It is beautiful, painful and honest as it explores how difficult love can be when a relationship threatens to become a mundane experience. Those looking for the romantic bliss of the first two films might find Before Midnight to be more of a challenge to absorb. It’s not nearly as bleak as some have suggested. I see two people fighting to stay together when it might be easier to simply walk away and fade into the loneliness of being apart. Maybe I’m too optimistic (not something I’d typically be accused of).
-Ryan Michael Painter