2022 Blind Spot Series: The Before Trilogy
What I knew going in: The premise of the trilogy, and that it is very loved on Film Twitter
Before Sunrise - This was so impossibly sweet without being corny. A lesser movie would've had them run off together at the end but I loved how logical it was with this one night together premise. From the outside looking in, Celine is definitely the more interesting of the two, but I can see why she was charmed with Jesse. I wonder what it must have felt like for fans of this movie to have a sequel announced all those years later? I imagine it was so exciting. A-
Before Sunset - I LOVED this. Maybe it's because I'm also in my early 30's, so this is the chapter I probably should relate to the most, but this film to me is perfect. I could listen to Celine and Jesse just walk and talk for hours. I loved how brisk this movie was. It never had time to drag because the conversation was so rich it kept everything moving along nicely. I loved the ending. It was perfect and I've had the Waltz song stuck in my head every since. A+
Before Midnight - We learn that Jesse miss that flight and now he and Celine are parents to a set of twin girls. We meet them as they are on vacation in Greece, Jesse has just dropped his son Henry off at the airport to head back to his mother. He worries about not being there for him, and this triggers a debate about their lives going forward. This was easily the weakest of the bunch for me. I think part of it is because it loses its whimsy. We've never seen Jesse and Celine really fight before, even though their arguments are completely realistic and something that would absolutely happen. This film also features them interacting with more character than just each other, and I was very aware that the scenes of them one on one were far superior to them in a group setting. I still think it was a good film, and a nice way to end the trilogy, but it didn't capture the magic of the first two. B
I'm glad I finally took the plunge with these, I love how in true trilogy format the second one ends up being my favorite. I thought I might like these but I couldn't believe how much I fell in love with Before Sunset.