Twenty thousand leagues under the skin in 80 minutes
You know what they say about TV vs. movies. They say that the most talented writers these days write for TV shows that continue for years, high prestige series such as Breaking Bad and Mad Men where they’re allowed to stretch their writing muscles.
The audience wants to get to get closer to the characters than the movie format allows and the writers are more than willing to meet those demands, especially since a TV series is a job that lasts a great deal longer than a movie. It’s a win-win situation.
We’ve heard it so many times now, that it takes a multiple seasons and countless of hours to really get to know a fictional character, that I almost started to believe it. It was only when I watched Before Sunset that I realized how little truth there is in statements like this.
Before Sunset is 80 minutes long. Can you believe it? In one hour and twenty minutes we explore a lifetime of dreams, delusions and doubts. Not only do we see two people emotionally undress in front of each other. We go twenty thousand leagues under their skin.
If you add the previous movie, Before Sunrise, it’s still only 180 minutes or 3 hours that I’ve known Jesse and Celine and yet it feels like a lifetime.
That, my friends, is the magic that only a well-made movie can provide. It’s like the stable in the final book of Narnia: bigger on the inside than on the outside
I know I’m not alone in falling in love with this movie and that there are more people than I who eagerly are waiting to get the chance to see Before Midnight and see what has happened during the nine years that have passed since we last met the couple.
This post doesn’t add anything particular to what already has been said about this film. I just wanted to let you know that I too am a proud and loud member of the fan club.
Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, US 2004) My rating: 5/5