Well, this one crept up on me. Today I saw the trailer for ‘Before Midnight,’ which is a sequel that will create a trilogy out of two of my favorite films ‘Before Sunrise’ and ‘Before Sunset.’ The films star Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and are based around the relationship between the two of them, and the shorts spans of time they are able to spend together. This is a difficult article to write, without dropping spoilers, but to describe the first film quickly, Hawke and Delpy meet on a train in Europe and on a whim decide to get off together. Hawke’s character, Jesse, has to leave at Sunrise, and the film chronicles the hours they spend together before that. I will share nothing about the second film and I suggest that if you have not seen either film you do not watch the following trailer:
For those of you who HAVE seen the previous two films, I cannot express how excited I am to see a third and final film, especially after the way the second film ended.
Celine and Jesse are played so brilliantly by Hawke and Delpy, and Richard Linklater, who returns for this third film, does a fantastic job of just letting two actors flow and converse in a manner which seems so natural and effortless. The films are essentially just a collection of moments and dialogue between the two, extremely subtle, but also extremely effective. The moments and conversations they present are so realistic, and we buy everything we see because we’ve been through and have fond memories of the same situations. You are essentially watching two people fall in love, in fascinating detail, and without all the cliches and cheese. Where most romance movies these days just skip all the real details and show us all the “big” and colorful moments in the courtship, the ‘Before Sunrise’ shows us everything. Then when you include the dynamic where they are on a countdown before they have to go their separate ways, we really get attached to the situation.
Anyone who hasn’t seen these films, and appreciates great acting and a heartfelt story that tells it like it is, please go rent ‘Before Sunrise’ and ‘Before Sunset.’ I know you won’t regret it. Check out ‘Before Midnight’ as well when it hits the screens on May 24th.