An Appreciation of…The “Before…” Trilogy

There have been many memorable screen couples – Abbott and Costello, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau and Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. A personal favourite is that of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy – they were, for many years and spanning many films, the sexiest screen couple you could possibly see (their behind-the-scenes escapes notwithstanding), however, they were never shown engaging in any type of graphically romantic activities, but rather what made the screens set on fire was their burning chemistry. There is a new couple who does just what Katharine and Spencer did…

For the first time, 18 years ago, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy “met” as Jesse and Celine, and every nine years since then, their story grows a little more. 

The “Before…” Trilogy stands as one of cinema’s crowning achievements. The romance almost seen as cold from the outside (how romantic can non-stop talking be?). However, when you dive in, you’ll see the raw chemistry between the two stars is beautiful and more romantic than many films you’ll see today. 

I’ve already proclaimed Before Midnight the best film of 2013, and I will go on record and say that the entire “Before…” trilogy is one of the best (roughly) 270 minutes an individual can spend. The films are not the greatest of all time (although they would be my pick for greatest romantic films), but they are incredible films, and I will go to the ends of the earth to try and get everyone to see that love has its ups and downs. The romance between Jesse and Celine is as old as me (I was born just a few months after the film was released)

If you haven’t seen these films, give them a watch. If you have seen them, drop me a comment and tell me what you think

Peace out everyone

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