Media Meltdown Podcast

A MOSTLY Spoiler Free Review of 'Before Midnight' Directed By: Richard Linklater

Thursday, June 20, 2013

by: Ryan Grudinski

Another 9 years have passed and a lot has changed in the lives of Jesse and Celine since we last saw them.  They've been living all over the world, and they now have two beautiful twin daughters together.  Jesse still sees his son from his previous marriage, but not nearly as often as he would like.  In this third installment I really believe that the three talents involved (Hawke, Delpy, and Linklater) have really outdone themselves from the previous two installments in this wonderful series.  This third film is the most raw, the most cutting, the most emotional, and the most real feeling of the three.  Before Midnight affected me on an emotional level even more than the previous two, and it really stands alone as a masterful work.  I do not recommend just seeing this film by itself, as it is still brilliant, but knowing the history of these characters really lends itself to the overall experience.  I feel like I keep repeating myself here, but it needs to be stressed again, that Linklater's direction and the two main leads' acting is among the best I have ever seen in this film, and to be frank, they all deserve Oscar nods for this.  The long takes are in abundance again in this film, most notably an EXTREMELY impressive scene where the two lovers are driving in a car together, and it must have gone over 10 minutes without cutting, I wasn't timing, so I could be way off, but It certainly felt that long.  This film, and more importantly this series should be seen by more people.  This is my favorite film in the last 3 years.

Plot: *** * 1/2
Acting: *****
Writing: *****
Direction: *****
Technical: A marvel to witness, absolutely beautiful.
X-Factors: The third installment is the best, in my opinion.  Near perfection.
Verdict:  *****
Will This Movie end up in my collection?  I can only hope maybe Criterion releases all three in a blu-ray boxed set, or at the very least someone.  Once they do, it's a day 1 purchase for me.

Posted at 11:57 AM by Media Meltdown Podcast

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