Before Sunset Reviews
October 23, 2014
Picking up from the unanswered questions of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset finds Jesse and Celine at older, more mature roles. I loved Before Sunrise for its enduring dialogues and everything left unsaid between Celine and Jesse. But I think Before Sunset is more beautiful, reinforcing everything about Before Sunrise in a beautiful, more melancholic way. Though most of the movie is characterized by cynicism as compared to the dreamy optimism of Before Sunrise, the ending seems more hopeful.
Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are beautiful reminders of why we love, how hard we try to find love and how frenzied we are in its pursuit, but how, once we find it, we're ar peace with the person. Both movies are about that inner peace you find when you know you're with that one person you can love like no other. Before Sunset endures longer than Before Sunrise, because melancholia has a way of connecting people more than wistfulness.
October 23, 2014
One of the best movies...ever
August 28, 2014
Before sunset remains the best of the 3.
October 11, 2014
There is no better sequel and no better examination on what it means to lose that spark in life. Losing the romance you believed in and looking with sadness on the romance you settled it.
September 2, 2014
Like its predecessor, this film simply pairs two very well-developed characters with exceptional dialogue and scenery. You really care for these two and the emotions they feel are so palpable. It will melt your heart, tickle the lungs and get the brain going.
June 12, 2014
Trilogies are difficult things to make. Normally, story arcs can't easily be stretched out over three installments-- just look at the Hobbit films-- but every once in a while, it works well. For every Two Towers suffering from middle chapter sluggishness, there's an Empire Strikes Back that breathes new life into the franchise. A good trilogy needs to have chapters that have their own sets of subplots, so that instead of just being a vessel to bridge the gap between the introduction and the ending, they are their own stories, with a beginning, middle, climax, and finale. Sometimes though, a movie is able to squeeze through these qualifications by the skin of its teeth and still be a good movie, despite the fact that it doesn't truly live up to the standard set by its predecessor and successor.
Before Sunset is one such movie. This film doesn't stand alone nearly as well as the other two installments in the Before Trilogy, but as a way to connect the two films, it works moderately well. However, there's nothing new or different here. Linklater knew this when he made Before Midnight, as he somewhat altered the film's premise and tone in order to keep audiences on their toes. This movie, however, is basically the same thing as Before Sunrise. Despite the fact that this isn't really a complaint (as Before Sunrise was a great film), I went into this movie expecting a little bit more out of it. The dialogue's pop and freshness has gone out of the film, leaving it a far duller affair than one would have hoped. However, it's difficult to truly dislike a movie with these characters in it.
Taking place eight years after the events of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset continues the story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) in their long, complicated story of how they ended up together. In this film, Jesse has written a novel about their night together, and after hearing about his book signing in Paris, Celine decides to track him down. After meeting up, they once again wander the streets of another ancient city, talking about philosophy, life, and the energy crisis. But it's all less emotionally resonant than in the first film. The fire went out of these movies right when the fire was just starting in these character's relationship, and what ended up happening was the the film that could have been the best ended up being the worst of the three. Linklater pulled it out of the dive with Before Midnight, but this movie still is one big blob of meh.
However, you can't deny the movie's charm. Even if it is the same thing over again, it's a great thing over again-- Hawke and Delpy are just as spectacular as ever (seriously, I refuse to believe that these two aren't actually in a relationship in real life), and the writing is still strong. There are a few points where the dialogue falls flat, but the acting talent on display here is such that it doesn't really matter. Ethan Hawke couldn't keep my attention reading a phone book, I suppose, but when presented with less-than-inspired dialogue, he almost always finds a way to make it work (exception: Getaway, but only because there was no real dialogue in that movie).
But the most interesting part about this film is the confused morals. In Before Sunrise, Hawke and Delpy just happen across one another and spend the night together, but here, they each have a significant other that they're trying not to betray, while still remaining true to themselves. By the end, the emotional stakes are raised enough that the minor trip-ups through the rest of the film can be excused. These two characters experienced love at first sight, but didn't know it at the time, and now they have to go about remedying that without hurting anyone in the process. When something as important as this is at stake, is it worth throwing everything away to start fresh, but this time the right way?
Final Score for Before Sunset: 7/10 stars. This movie is a bit of a disappointment, mainly because of the aforementioned "middle chapter" problems that trilogies often come across. However, it manages to fully make up for a weaker beginning with a truly great ending that marks the only finale that I would call a romantic cliffhanger. The film isn't satisfying, but now that the trilogy has been completed with Before Midnight, it's easier to fulfill the desire to know what happens without becoming bored with the story while waiting for its conclusion. This movie was never made to stand alone, that's true. But as a simple, well-crafted bridging chapter between two superior films, it succeeds.
|Aditya D. Mallya||
September 28, 2014
I am revisiting the 'Before' films after a long time, and I find that while'Sunrise' was still a delight, I didn't quite like it as much as I did when I watched it many years ago - the dialogue seemed a touch more romantic and naive than I remembered.
On the other hand, 'Sunset' had the opposite effect - to an older version of mysefl, it is far more captivating and magical. As Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy walk through Paris on a sunny afternoon, they embody a mixture of hopefulness and cynicism that is exquisitely perfect. This is a shining gem of a film.
November 18, 2007
This sequel to the incredibly romantic Before Sunrise takes place 9 years later, as Jesse is on the French leg of his book tour, and Celine visits him after a Q&A. We find out what happened at the train station all those years ago. I didn't quite enjoy this movie, as it was short and mostly fluff. I did like the ending though, it was pretty well done.
February 8, 2008
9 years have passed, Jesse and Celine have become mature and come to each other under the fateful arrangement. Richard Linklater chose Paris, the capital of romance as the continuation of the unfinished love story. With the skillful long takes in the garden and on the Seine, the protagonists grew up together with the audience, and are no longer the carefree and innocent youth. Nostalgia sets in and they try hard to pick up where they left off despite the secular burden, only to discover that the regret is deepening following their philosophical interactions. Regret, is the beauty of life, especially your preceding fantasy is in a perfect state. Even it's more of bitterness, you will still be grateful that you have ever had that experience, for it proves your existence. The ending is open for interpretation in 2004, but proves to be an unfinished love story, again.
February 3, 2014
Like its predecessor, the layout and execution is organic. The problem now is how deliberate it feels. Gone is the wonder of the bonding, replaced with bruised nostalgia and the weight their bond meant; too narrow compared to the Sunrise's youthful discovery and meditation on life with or w/o love. Essentially, Sunset is a very well made epilogue (or because of Midnight a clever interquel) in demonstrating how important true connection is... but that won't be made clear based on this film's merits alone.
January 15, 2008
Although this movie does, to a small extent, ruin the open ended ending of Before Sunrise, it was great in it's own right.
May 16, 2013
I simply fell in love with this film.
December 16, 2012
I felt like I was with these excellent performances the whole time. Deep, real and a challenging slice of life.
September 16, 2014
Though it may not live up to the reputation of its predecessor Before Sunrise, Sunset builds upon the first movie very well. Boasting more heartfelt and emotional performances from the naturally compatible Hawke and Delpy, Sunset both entertains and delights.
September 14, 2014
The witty banterous chemistry was highly entertaining, emotionally provoking and mentally stimulating.
September 5, 2014
On par with the first one. Lovin' these two actors. They have a great physics.. for a change. (Law of Attraction lol) <33333
|Lucas Augusto C||
September 2, 2014
The look that "Before Sunset" brings you is so comfortable and romantic, under the Parisian light, it's all so visually beautiful and pleasant, you end up having a feeling so strong and smart. A clever script with strong, bright dialogues. It is a film without words ... You meant so beautiful and so peaceful sensation. Simple and slow, is romantic and brings Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in two permormances as well as rhythmic and well combined. It is amazingly wonderful!
August 30, 2014
The required follow up, perhaps not as captivating as the first movie but still magical.
August 30, 2014
Though short, Before Sunset is still a mesmerizing character piece that blends the honesty and dialogue-driven story of the first movie.
August 26, 2014
Overall movie is a good one