Blue Rashbrook’s review published on Letterboxd:
A small disclaimer that this is more of a review of the whole Before Trilogy not just the first film
just finished The Before Trilogy for the first time and I have to say I was swept away in it, after watching A Ghost Story I was left feeling pessimistic about life but these films have resounded with me refilling this romanticism. But I guess that's the power of cinema
I loved the long takes of the couple just walking around European cities talking nonsense and the realistic depiction of life through three distinct periods in life, Before Midnight reminded me of La Pointe Courte, well with a slightly more uplifting and hopeful ending.
I'd have to say that the first film was my favourite in the trilogy but that may be due to the fact I relate most to it as I'm 20 right now, so it's the closest I get to my age and I definitely identified with it the most
I love the concept of these films, the three time frames that it is set across, each 9 years apart, Richard Linklater provides an astounding look at humanity, it's almost an anthropological study conducted and entirely constructed by him.
He's a master of dialogue within these three films. Never once waivering my attention which is extremely hard to do recently, I seem to be reaching for my phone or checking the time every 10 minutes during a film, and this has reminded me how important it is to not, how losing yourself in the ramblings of others is so important. Though a lot of the conversations are meaningless there is just something about the way they are written that I can't tear my eyes away from.
It'd also be interesting to note that Before Midnight was my 500th film watched this year 👀