Before Sunset Reviews
June 24, 2013
9 years later, the story continues and both Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have matured over the course of time. This time around Hawke and Delpy have sat together with Linklater to create an even more engaging script than the initial one which is saying a lot! The transition from the initial installment is carried out beautifully and the characters still share their amazing chemistry and never ending conversation topics ranging all over the place with the occasional look into the past. Linklater too holds his style of long running shots and settings for engaging pieces. Although the film suffers from a relatively short runtime, it keeps you hoping to see what happens 9 years later while giving you a satisfying movie-going experience.
December 14, 2014
La magia entre los dos personajes es simplemente genial. Gran guión y gran ritmo. No podría haber sido mejor.
December 12, 2014
Well written and featuring strong chemistry between Hawke and Delpy. Before Sunset is an entertaining romantic comedy.
December 5, 2014
The second part of Richard Linklater's "Before" Trilogy is just as good as the first. Nine years after the events of "Before Sunrise", Celine and Jesse meet again, this time spending a day in Paris. It's so interesting seeing the paths of these characters cross once again. As with the first film, it's a very simple presentation. You're literally just watching them interact with one another for an hour and half. That's the beauty of it though. Again, the dialogue is incredible and feels so real. The chemistry between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is still fantastic, really the best I've ever seen. This second installment is simply perfect.
November 21, 2014
Loved the movie, found it better than the first one. The concept of the sequel being after nine years and the actors having aged nine years in real life is so cool, also it being one continues shot of interaction between the two leads is so original(the time elapsed in the story is the run time of the film). Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are more likable as they are older, the script is more mature and kind of perfect (well they spends years fine tuning it). There is not even a single dull moment in the movie. One of the best Romantic movies I have seen with an amazing ending.
April 15, 2011
Great movie, and more substantial than Before Sunrise.
I thought Before Sunrise was okay, but overrated. It was pretty much another romantic drama. Better than most in that it has more depth of characters, has a fairly unique and beautiful setting, and direction and plot are more subtle and original than most. On the down side, it was very dialogue-intensive and some of the dialogue is just incredibly pretentious, navel-gazing stuff.
Before Sunset is still very dialogue-intensive. This is still an irritation in that you want some respite from this, some period of reflection and calm. However, in this case it does propel the story forward, unlike Before Sunrise where the dialogue seemed to go in circles and not really go anywhere.
That is where Before Sunset is so much better. By setting it nine years after the first movie, you get a a more complete story, more character development, more a sense of what they mean to each other, more genuine emotion.
For these reasons, making this sequel is a stroke of genius on Richard Linklater's part. Instead of a snapshot of these two people's lives, we have a timeline, a sense of lives progressing and changing, of memories and regrets. Not ships passing in the night (as the first movie made them out to be), but soulmates.
October 28, 2014
Nine years after the romantic one night stand viewers were part in, in Linklater's Masterpiece "Before Sunrise", this sequel tries to establish a second encounter between this two not-anymore strangers. I was pretty skeptical from the beginning feeling that "Before Sunrise" is an amazing standalone film. Well, "Before Sunset" is very good, but never quite reaches the heights of the first one.
"Before Sunset" changes focus. What first was a love story, is now a more playful, raunchy re-encounter between two people who had some kind of past. The jokes are meaner, and the wittiness unfortunately decreases, but the film also improves on the laughs and also the drama involved in not seeing someone, in getting married, etc. Once again, Linklater proves to be master at showing what time does to people, in this case, to people who were in love. I also enjoyed how everything in this sequel seems to bring back to that special night in Viena the viewers had. The tounge-to-cheek script along with the always alluring Paris makes for intricate, fun and utterly enjoyable viewing.
Everything in "Sunset", however, feels more set up than in "Sunrise". In the original film, the meeting of this two strangers was very much random, so is their day at Viena. In here, the encounter seems to be much more planned, and even the places they visit seem to be synthetically set up. The film relies on the chemistry of the protagonist and the dialogue they are having for you to not see the backgrounds, but that sort of freelance feeling made the original so great. And knowing now this turned out to be a trilogy, makes the ending of this middle chapter much more meaningful, although honestly, it can't escape its middle chapter feel. However, this is superior to many romantic comedies out there, and also has that Woody Allen-esque feel that makes it particularly delicious to bite into. "Before Sunset" is a sweet treat that is only kept restrained by the shadow of its superior predecessor.
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.