Saturday, July 13, 2013

Before Midnight: Think Before You Go

If you've seen Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), you'll probably want to see the third flick in Richard Linklater's trilogy.

Maybe you should stop and think about it.

In the first movie, we meet Celene (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke). They're college students  on a train and decide to spend the night together. When they part, they arrange to meet again. In the second installment, we learn these plans fell through. It is now, nine years later, Jesse is a published author, whose at a Paris book signing and Celene seeks him out.

In this new movie, they've been together, committed, but unmarried, for nine years with twin daughters and on vacation in Greece.

Celene and Jesse always had a way with words and long conversations defined their relationship along with hot sex. Unfortunately, in this movie you'll find it hard to keep yourself from shouting, "Shut up, already."

Not only do they blah, blah, blah, but so do all their friends. As the movie progresses, and the unhappy couple spend time alone, their barbs and complaints escalate. Alas, they're not always as entertaining as when Jesse calls Celene "the mayor of Crazy Town."

At the movie's end, so much vitriol has been tossed around that it's difficult to think they remain together. Then again, there's always Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe.

 If you've ever spent an evening with a bickering twosome, you might prefer staying home and renting the first two flicks.

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