Flash Movie Review: Before Midnight

Saying I am angry does not mean I do not love you. For years I was not the best person to have an intelligent discussion with over a disagreement. The only examples of verbal fights I saw were ones where people threw derogatory words at each other. Not only did it take a lot of growing up on my part; but it took seeing the sad face of someone I loved being hurt, before I fully understood how to have an adult conversation about my feelings. Replacing the word “you” with “I’ made a huge difference right from the start. I learned how to talk about my feelings, along with clarifying things being said to me by saying, “What I heard you say…”. One of the most important lessons I learned was to address any issues as soon as possible. Since my pet peeve was to have someone bring up something that happened in the past that caused them distress, I did not want to do the same to them. I guess this is what they call acting like an adult. For all you adults out there, I can honestly say the art of conversation lived in this beautiful, touching film. I barely recall the previous two movies in this series, so my review will be solely on the merits of this film. Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Daybreakers) and Julie Delpy (Broke Flowers, 2 Days in Paris) played settled couple Jesse and Celine. Away from their daily routine, vacationing in Greece with their young twin girls, the couple began to examine their life together and question what they wanted for their future. I cannot tell you how long it has been since I have seen characters having real, convincing mature conversations in a film. Part of the brilliance in watching this had to go to the director/writer Richard Linklater (Bernie, Me and Orson Welles). In a world where everything has to be quick and fast, the long takes in this movie allowed an authentic progression of thoughts and feelings to be on display. Ethan and Julie deserve accolades for their amazing acting and the sharing of the writing credits with Richard. This was a genuine story about a couple looking at choices made and figuring out what was important to each of them. An absolute joy to watch, this romantic film deserves an Oscar nomination or two.


3 3/4 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 7, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. this goes on the must see list, thanks.

  2. What a heartfelt review. I can’t wait to see this film. Thanks MJ.

  3. It’s driving me crazy that this won’t be showing here for another two weeks. So anxious to see it!

  4. Away from your review, I like your “What I heard you say…” I will use that.

    As for the film, I agree with you about the use of the long take did help convey thought through the conversations.

    Good review.

  5. Nice review. Loved it just about from beginning to end and I cannot, I repeat, CANNOT wait to see it again.

  6. I am so heartened to see this review! I liked the first movie and missed the second one, this one also. So, now need to get them from the library! Thank you because I do like real dialogues and especially like examining relationships. I have posts that encompass this theme.

    • This film only opened a week of so here and you must see it, it was that good. Please come back to tell me your review of it after you see this incredible film. Thanks again for leaving your comments.

  7. I just found the film is showing in my area and am looking forward to seeing it, based on your great review. I like films that have extended scenes and meaningful dialogue.
    (Thanks for liking some of the DVD reviews I’ve posted on my blog)

    • Hi there, thank you for coming by and leaving your comments. I mix DVD reviews in with my movie reviews. I hope you get to see this movie and I would enjoy hearing your review of it.

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