November 12, 2004

Before Sunset

This week I finally got around to watching Before Sunset (the sequel to Before Sunrise, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke). If you liked the first movie, you've got to watch the second one. It's almost disarmingly real. Beyond that ... well, I don't want to say too much about it beyond the fact that nine more years have made these characters more interesting, thoughtful, complex and surprising. And it's nice to see that they've overcome some of their 20-something pretensions. It's also interesting as a cinematic experience - it has extremely long shots and lengthy observations (veritable speeches) but it seems to be constantly moving forward. Yet you're never really sure where it's headed. Ethan Hawke does a fine job, and Julie Delpy is superb. And we're treated to her sining (she's surprisingly good). I'm not saying it's the best movie of the year, but it's one of the best I've seen.

Posted by armand at November 12, 2004 11:31 AM | TrackBack | Posted to Movies

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