Friday, June 14, 2013
Before Midnight (2013) A Film by Richard Linklater
With Before Midnight, Richard Linklater continues to cement his status as one of the most special American filmmakers. The third chapter to a trilogy that started with 1995's Before Sunrise and continued in 2004 with Before Sunset, Midnight arrives at an alternately hopeful and despairing synthesis of the series' pet themes: the elusive nature of love, the psychological and physiological effects of time (both compressed and vast), the balance of life and romance, and the perpetual deadline of mortality. Indeed, if this turns out to be the conclusion of the series (I'm going to hope it's not), it's a beautifully appropriate one. My full review is up at In Review Online.