Friday, 13 May 2011

Before Sunset (2004)

Beautfully Touching - 4.5/5
So I saw this film the other day called Before Sunset. Unfortunately before I began watching it I didn't realise there had been a prequel (Before Sunrise). Luckily for me it didn't turn out to matter too much, although perhaps it would have been more touching had I seen the first film. Despite the fact I hadn't seen the prequel the film was an absolutely fantastic watch. What lead me to the film was the presence of Ethan Hawke, of whom I am a massive fan, and he proved with this performance that he deserves acclaim for his work.

For sheer acting talent you can't fault either Ethan Hawke or leading lady Julie Delpy. The amount of lines they must have had to learn for this film was itself incredible. The first scene must have lasted at least five minutes without a single cut. What Delpy and Hawke managed to do so brilliantly was make it feel like like a film and more like a real life situation along with a real life relationship. Because of this the film was touching
and beautiful in every aspect.

The team behind this film must not be overlooked. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing: Adapted Screenplay which is evidence that this film punches well above its wait. This film shouldn't be as good as it is when taken at face value. However, director Richard Linklater and company bring us a beautiful masterpiece with stunning cinematography and a touching and heartfelt plot with perfect casting. It truly is very hard to find fault with this film.

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