Top critical review
Stick with Before Sunrise & Before Sunset; and leave Before Midnight well alone!
on 20 September 2017
The first two movies in this trilogy, Before Sunrise & Before Sunset, were about relationship connection and flow for me. Highly recommended five star offerings in my view. Before Midnight moves into the territory of relationship disconnection and stuckness for me. The Greek characters appearing in the first 45 minutes of this film subtract, rather than add to the story. From 45 minutes onwards Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) are finally alone, but their interactions quickly degenerate into arguments and bickering. Yes, this may be 'typical' long term couple territory, but it's an uneasy watch at times and downright depressing at others. The movie still photo gives you an idea of what is in store with this relationship! My advice is: stick with Before Sunrise & Before Sunset; and leave Before Midnight well alone.