“Before Midnight”

June 22nd, 2013 at 10:36 am by under A Look at the Movies

Four-Star

Rated R

1 hour 40 minutes

Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Who says Becker’s not a romantic. I’m raving about “Before Midnight”, that deeply sensitive and extremely perceptive love story.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy continue the relationship they began 18 years ago with “Before Sunrise”, and the sequel “Before Sunset”. And now for “Before Midnight”, they’re married and raising a family, but the mood has grown darker with the onset of her insecurities.

The lush European landscape provides the perfect backdrop for the lover’s sparkling conversations in “Before Midnight”. Just as it was during their two preceding films also written by these fine actors along with Director, Richard Linklater.

And like with all beautifully presented love stories, we become emotionally involved in the suspense, of not knowing if they’ll spoil a good thing just for the sake of getting in the last word.

And it’s mostly because of their expressive acting that their words work so well. The glorious dialogue proves that talk isn’t always cheap. “Before Midnight” is an exquisite work of romantic storytelling. A fine film that deserves four stars. But somehow I get the feeling women will have to drag their men to see it. Go ahead and drag them, they will love you for it.

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