You know how you love a movie so much that you don’t want to watch the sequel? I’ve got that feeling about Before Midnight. It hit theaters in 2013, but I have been so worried that I won’t like it that I’ve put off seeing it. Now that it just started streaming on Netflix, I gotta know: do Celine and Jesse make it? Can love conquer all? Is Ethan Hawke an old dude now?
It’s the third movie in a trilogy from director Richard Linklater, a guy whose ability to play a long game in filmmaking is unparalleled. He’s the director of Boyhood, the 2014 film that took 12 years to make and used one young actor all the way through, who basically grew up in front of our very eyes. Extraordinary.
Linklater’s Before films are another slow burn, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Linklater does the amazing thing of using the same pair of actors in three films, each spaced nine years apart. The actors age, even as they play the same characters. It’s the story of a relationship played out over time. I can’t believe I haven’t seen the third one yet.
It’s available to rent on Amazon:
Before Sunrise (1995). Netflix DVD only.
Before Sunset (2004). Netflix DVD only.
Before Midnight (2013). Streaming on Netflix now.
I think I’ll watch all three.