Before Midnight has all the elements that people and critics loved from the previous installments of the franchise. It has the talk, sex and a modern love story. To Before Midnight’s defense, the movie takes it all to the next level.
Before Midnight is an almost perfect movie. It is still about those two beloved, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy). The movie takes place in Greece. Director Richard Linklater has written the movie with the two actors. He manages to make it fresh as a first kiss.
People can relate with Jesse and Celine. This is why the two previous movies, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, are well received by viewers. Before Midnight takes place nine years after Before Sunset. It has humor, heartbreak and romance. It is safe to say that it is the best among the three.
In case you missed the first two movies, Jesse is an American slacker who means Celine on a train to Vienna. Jesse falls in love with her but Celine thinks he only wants to make love to her and have a great story to tell during his trip abroad.
Then nine years later, Jesse is married with a son in the United States. He has written a best-selling novel based on their story. While Jesse is on a book tour in Paris, Celine, now an environmental activist meets up with him and they try to find a disclosure to their feelings.
Now in Before Midnight, Jesse is divorced. Now in their forties, Jesse and Celine live in Paris with their twin daughters. They are not married and go on a vacation in Greece. The movie is full of love that builds up from the start and climaxes at their final night in Greece.
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy play the characters to full perfection. The screenplay captures the fickleness nature of love. It would not be a surprise if the movie earns Oscar nominations.