It is with anticipation that many of us awaited Before Midnight, the last in a romance trilogy starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Now as old as many of their viewers, they meet again to look back on their past romance and the current status of their lives.
Try to watch Before Sunrise and Before Sunset first—it's not essential as each works as a stand-alone movie. In the first grunge-era film, Hawke and Delpy's characters meet by chance while backpacking in Europe, stay up all night and yes, fall in love but they go their separate ways. Before Sunset is a delight because the lovers meet again.
Now we get to enjoy them in Before Midnight, cast in the sober light of parenting and marriage (but now to each other). These are couples movies both will enjoy. Don't expect romantic comedy, however. This is "life, the universe, and everything" fare, and it's nice to see Richard Linklater's films shot roughly ten years between with the same actors, looking as good as ever. As a bonus, there's armchair travel!