About 20 years ago, I remember watching a movie at my neighbor’s house and wishing it to be over. It was the most awful movie I had ever seen (at the age of 16) and I couldn’t believe that people actually liked this movie. All they did was talk. And talk. And talk some more.
What I didn’t realize is that they were falling in love. That the two characters (played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) on screen had crazy chemistry and depicted what I would later experience and cherish.
That movie was Before Sunrise – – A movie I now consider to be one of the most romantic movies I’ve ever seen. I thank my friends Alicia and Amy for telling me to give the movie another shot in the early 2000s. I absolutely adore it now.
Shortly after I re-watched and fell in love with Before Sunrise, I found out that there was a 2nd movie coming out… Before Sunset. This second movie came out 9 years AFTER the first with the same cast, and with that same story line I loved so much.
Fast forward another 9 years and Jesse and Selene are back. The third and final movie is in theaters now, and I had a chance to go see it on 4th of July with my friend Ladawn. PS: 4th of July is a great day to see movies!
There are no words for how I loved this movie. Of course, I’ll try… but seriously, it’s just lovely. Partially, I love it because I’ve known this couple for 20 years, but I also love it because it’s set in Greece.
I adore Greece.
The one thing about this trilogy that I think “works” is that it’s real and it’s raw. The way that Linklater (the writer/director) writes the scripts, it like these two are just talking… and he’s kept that real through all three films.
Hands down, this is my favorite trilogy out there. If you haven’t yet seen Before Sunrise or Before Sunset, please try to see them soon and get to the theater to see the most recent one on the big screen. You won’t be sorry.
Is anyone else a Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight fan?