Movie Review: Before Midnight


I went to see "Before Midnight" starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy last night.  Apparently this is the third movie in a trilogy, nine years later after the first movie.  After the opening scene, the movie moved to a car scene filled with endless dialogue.  I thought that it was going to turn out to be boring artsy-fartsy, self-indulgent, copy-of-a-play loser of a movie.  I was wrong.

First of all, it is quite revolutionary.  There is very little editing.  Maybe there are 5 major scenes throughout the movie, and each scene lasts a long time with a lot of dialogue.  The scenery is rich in Greece.  The characters are rich.  The dialogue is rich.  Solely through the method of dialogue and very little action, the whole of relationships and communications between people is examined.  It is a funny, poignant movie that everyone who is or has been in a relationship can identify with.  There was applause in the theater at the end.

This is a two-thumbs up, four-out-of-five star movie with the added bonus of a very long scene of Julie Delpy topless.  It is worth seeing.

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