With Before Midnight
, Richard Linklater’s continuation of the film series started in 1995 with Before Sunrise
and deepened with 2004’s Before Sunset
, the Austin-based auteur has crafted a worthy addition to arguably the most artistically ambitious ongoing cinematic story of the last 20 years.
Picking up nine years after we left main characters Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), Before Midnight doesn’t attempt to rehash what has come before. Linklater and his leads (who co-wrote this film together, as well as the last one) instead tackle head-on the capital-R Romanticism that made the first two installments enduring classi...