BY JENNA SIMPSON
April 3, 2004
June 4, 2013
Like Emily, I never saw the first movie in this series, Before Sunrise, either. I don’t know why–I’ve actually always wanted to watch these two movies (I watched Before Sunrise for this review as well). Since the final (?) installment, Before Midnight, is coming out at the end of this week, I thought maybe if I liked the first two movies, I would go check out the new one. It looks pretty good.
Why Not Then?
Easy–I hadn’t seen the first one! I felt like I wouldn’t really understand the second movie without watching the first. (Totally right on with that instinct, by the way. You shouldn’t watch this without having seen Before Sunrise.)
- Julie Delpy being completely charming
- Ethan Hawke being completely charming
- Unrequited love gets requited
- Beautiful European scenery
What I Actually Got:
- Julie Delpy being completely charming.
- Ethan Hawke being reasonably charming, but also a bit mawkish and full of regret.
- Unrequited love gets requited… although it’s another ambiguous (although more flirtatious) ending; given that there is a new movie coming out about their relationship, I think it’s safe to say their love is definitely requited.
- Beautiful Parisian scenery.
- I have to admit, I didn’t really consider that they had moved on with their lives in the time since they had last seen each other, partnered with other people, whatever! I know, totally naive. Or ultra-romantic? (This might explain a lot…) So I found that part kind of surprising! But also: if my husband had written a book about the most wonderful night of his life with another woman, I’d be pretty suspicious about that. Poor Mrs. Jesse.
- It’s also kind of sad–the unrequited thing weighs very heavy, even in their lighter moments, pre-, you know, requitement.
- The whole movie takes place in real time (whereas Before Sunrise didn’t but gave the impression of having done so), but the running time is very short, only 80 minutes. I really wanted more. I would say that was the only disappointment. It felt a bit unfinished, in a way that Before Sunrise didn’t.
- Lots and lots of talking, about everything, and everything that’s happened in the last 9 years since they last/first met. People who can talk to one another like this should get married.
One Night In or Second Date Potential:
I would definitely watch this again, but not on its own–it’s too short to watch by itself, but I think there’s something special about watching both Before Sunrise and Before Sunset together, back to back. I’d definitely watch it again.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvFosXeqmDg]