I just finished watching my favorite movies of all time. Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. After watching something I love so much I got in the mood to read reviews and I have discovered there is a THIRD movie!!! Before Midnight!!! *happy screams* It's in post prod. and will be released next year.
Now the scared part comes in. What if it ruins everything!!! I first discovered Before Sunrise in 1995, in a little video store. Yes back in the old days of VHS. I fell in love with this movie. It's not for everyone. There is no action. It's not super funny or dramatic. It's just two people getting to know each other in one night. Jesse and Celine meet on a train in Europe and have an instant connection. Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train and walk around the city of Vienna with him all night until his flight the next morning. As the night goes on, you see the awkwardness and the superficial conversation turn to complete ease and comfort and deeper thoughts and feelings shared. I could say a lot about this movie (and the next one). There are so many little things that I love, but I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone who is interested in seeing them.
Then nine years later I'm flipping through a magazine and see there is a sequel coming, Before Sunset. I was so excited and of course wanted to know what happened with Celine and Jesse. This one was a different experience. The characters are a bit harsher, more jaded with age and life experience. But as the film went on I began to understand and connect with them, and I fell for them all over again. There is a scene in this movie (van scene if you know it) that is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. Now when I watch Before Sunset, I fall in love more and more each time. I simply adore this movie. I would say that Sunset is my favorite of the two, but Sunrise is what makes Sunset so beautiful. The ending to Sunset caught me off guard at first but the more I watched it the more I loved it and it just became perfect to me. Perfect ending.
Nine years later (or it will be when I watch it), there is a third film. I read that it was a possibility like a year ago, and now it's here! It's a done deal. Apparently it filmed in secret this summer. I'm so excited, but I'm so scared it won't be what I want. I really don't even know what I want, except I just want the magic and beauty of the first films. The thought of my favorite movies being tainted with a bad third film, makes me too sad. And maybe it won't even be bad, but it will just take it to a place I didn't want it to go. Part of me just doesn't even want to watch the third, but I know myself. I won't be able to resist. I just pray it's as wonderful as the last one and then I will have a perfect trilogy.
If you haven't seen this movies, I recommend them all over the place BUT I do realize they are not for everyone.